Sedation Dentistry

 

It's as simple as taking a pill with no additional shots!!!

 

Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry describe a way for you to get the care you want while you remain comfortable. The term sleep dentistry is considered inaccurate by some as it may refer to general anesthesia (which is performed in a hospital).

 

Most fears develop in childhood, so odds are you have carried your dread of the dentist for years. You avoid receiving care and as a result, your dental health deteriorates. When you are no longer able to stand the pain or discomfort and finally seek treatment, extensive restorative work is required. That means more time in the dental chair, more procedures, and more expense, which only furthers your trepidation. It is a nasty cycle and it must be broken.

 

Knowledge about oral sedation treatment is not only powerful -- it is empowering. It is important to talk to Dr Cohrs about your fears and concerns during your consultation before any dentistry is ever performed. It is critical that you provide your dentist with an updated health history including any medications you are on, including vitamins and supplements. Factors like smoking and alcohol consumption can alter the effectiveness of sedation medications, so be sure to tell Dr. Cohrs about any habits you may have. Even something as seemingly insignificant as drinking grapefruit juice can have an effect on sedation. The enzymes in grapefruit interfere with the systems that metabolize (break down) certain oral sedation medications in your body, so you should not consume grapefruit 72 hours prior to or immediately after a sedation procedure.

 

Dr.Cohrs will give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a good night's sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed.

Oral sedation is a popular treatment option for many people because it does not require the use of additional needles. Medications can be swallowed whole and/or crushed and administered by your dentist sublingually (under the tongue).