Sedation Dentistry

Hanania Dental - Sedation Dentistry


Do you have dental anxiety? Need extensive dental treatment? Have prior dental trauma or just a generalized fear of the dentist? No problem, at our office we offer what is known as oral conscious sedation. What exactly is conscious sedation, it is dental procedure involving the administration of sedative drug via an oral route, and this process makes it easy to go through with dental procedures by reducing anxiety a patient may have. The effect of the sedation allows more treatment to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing for complex procedures to be performed in a less time. Most commonly we use the drug Halcion (Triazolam) which is also known as a drug to help treat insomnia, in the same family as Valium. Please make sure to make our dental team aware of any medication, allergies/reactions or medical treatment you are receiving before the use of sedatives and anesthetics. It is important and required you schedule a sedation consult prior to sedation. During the sedation consult, you can expect us to thoroughly go over medical history, collect vitals, review treatment and sign off on consent forms. Every sedation patient is required to have a responsible party, who will help the patient with transportation before and after as well as homecare.

The ADA has set forth general sedation guidelines that we must follow alongside training and credit completions. Our office is highly trained and prepared for any emergency situations that may occur during sedation. Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. During the sedation appointment one of our trusted dental assistants will sit in with the patient to monitor vitals and assist in any dental needs the patient may have. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to a moderate state of sedation. The pill will make you drowsy, groggy, help you relax and even fall asleep during the procedure. Through the use of sedatives and pain relievers, oral conscious sedation produces a relaxed state of consciousness to lessen pain and discomfort. Patients who receive oral conscious sedation are still able to speak and respond to questions during treatment and express any pain or discomfort they may be having, although they may remember very little or nothing about the procedure. Other side effects include headache, nausea and vomiting.

About 30% of the population avoids dental treatment due to fear or other concerns; it is all too common dental phobia prevents people from receiving proper preventative care which can potentially compromise the health and functionality of ones mouth and smile. It is our goal at Dr. Hanania’s to serve our patient with the highest quality of treatment and offer a range of options for every patient’s needs. Ask today about sedation and let us help you make an appointment.