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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation Dentistry

Some patients may experience nausea following their procedure due to the fact that they have not had anything to eat or drink. Dr. Haag will monitor you during your appointment, and most patients feel fine once they have something in their stomach after the procedure. Drowsiness following your procedure is common.

You should not eat during the six hours before your procedure. Having an empty stomach helps us better gauge the level of sedation that is needed and allows the medicine to work effectively.

You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you are an adult who:

  • Is uncomfortable with needles and shots
  • Dislikes noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Has difficulty getting numb
  • Has a strong gag reflex
  • Has very sensitive teeth
  • Has limited time to complete dental treatment
  • Needs an extensive amount of work 
  • Has a fear of visiting the dentist

It depends on the length of the procedure.

We will control the amount of medicine you receive based on your needs and how you respond to the medication. You should expect to be relaxed anywhere from 2 to 6 hours.

Yes. While being sedated you will be closely monitored by Dr. Haag and our highly trained staff utilizing vital sign monitoring equipment. 

For patients who have conscious oral sedation, Dr. Haag recommends taking the rest of the day off of work and you will need to be accompanied for the rest of the day for your safety. You should be able to return to work the following day. 

You will need to have someone drive you to and from our McCook dental office. The medication’s effects will not fully leave your system until several hours after the dental procedure. 

No. Sedation dentistry will put you in a very relaxed state, but you will not be asleep.

With conscious oral sedation, you will be conscious and capable of responding to requests; however, following the sedation, you may not remember the entire appointment.

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