Sedation Dentistry
Why Sedation for Root Canal Therapy?
1- Negative dental experience
2- Fear of the sound of the drill
3- Difficulty with receiving injections
4- History of "difficult to get numb"
5- Claustrophobia when using Dental Dam
6- Limited mouth opening
7- Severe gag reflex
8- Difficulty in laying back for an extended period of time
9- Complicated medical history

Levels of Sedation:
1- Conscious Sedation: This level of sedation relaxes patient, allowing them to remain awake, yet to be dissociated enough to minimize stress or discomfort during the procedure. This level of sedation is usually accomplished with the used of Oral sedation utilizing a pill prescribed before procedure, or with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas).

2- Deep Sedation: Although not quite awake, one is somewhat aware of the surroundings. This level of sedation is appropriate for patients who have moderate anxiety about the root canal procedure and injections. This level of sedation is usually accomplished by medications administered through an IV.

3- General Anesthesia: Not performed in our office, usually in hospitals and specialized surgical centers.

Patient safety:
1- All of your vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and EKG are monitored closely during the entire procedure by your dental team.
2- The use of sedation and anesthesia in dentistry has an established record of safety. Your health history will be taken at the consultation appointment, additional information may be needed from your physician. Some patients with Heart disease, lung disease or other medical conditions, may not be suitable candidates for sedation in a dental office.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
1- No pain felt during procedures
2- Loss of fear and anxiety for apprehensive patients
3- Difficult procedures can be completed in as little as one or two visits
4- Patients usually have no recall of the procedure
5- Sensitive gag reflex can be reduced or even eliminated during procedure

The anesthesia fees are based on the time required for induction, completion of treatment and recovery. Units are based on the dental operating time. After procedure is concluded you will be monitored for an additional 30-45minutes to ensure that you can safely be discharged. An estimate of the duration of the procedure and the fee will be given to you prior to the sedation appointment. Payment in full is required on the day of the procedure.