About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry enables us to reach out and provide needed dental care to many who otherwise would not receive it.

Dr. Adkison, along with key members of the dental team, received extensive training from the world’s leading Sedation Dentistry specialists and continue their affiliation with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

We recognize that there are many reasons why a substantial part of the U.S. population does not receive dental care, but two of the most common reasons are:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • No time for multiple appointments

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry helps to bridge the gap between new technology and patient comfort. After an initial consultation, your Sedation Dentistry appointment will be scheduled. You are given one or more small pills to allow you to float through your dental appointment in a relaxed sleeplike state. You will have little, if any memory of the appointment.

With Sedation Dentistry, you will find that your treatment is performed more comfortably than you might ever have thought possible. You will be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by. During the entire appointment you will be monitored continually by our specially trained staff.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is especially useful for adult patients who:

  • Have high anxiety about dental visits
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
  • Simply do not have the time for multiple visits and would have difficulty tolerating long appointments.

Sedation Dentistry is only for adult patients. Dr. Adkison will schedule a consultation appointment first to answer any questions and screen for any medical reasons you may not be a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry.

What to Expect at a Sedation Dentistry Appointment.

You will take one or two small pills approximately one hour prior to arriving at our office. You will need to have a companion drive you to the office since you will not be able to drive yourself. By the time you arrive at the office, you will feel very drowsy.

You will be escorted by our staff to a comfortable chair. A small sensor will be placed on your fingertip and a blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm. This will allow us to monitor your vital signs during the entire procedure. When you are completely relaxed and comfortable, Dr. Adkison will begin your dental care. When Dr. Adkison is finished with your treatment, your companion will drive you home. You probably will not remember much, if anything, about your dental visit.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be very relaxed, but you will be able to respond. You will probably not, however, remember much about your visit.

Will I have an IV?
No tubes or needles are necessary for the sedation. You just simply swallow a pill or liquid.

Does my companion have to stay at the office?
Your companion must drive you to our office for your appointment and return you home afterwards. During the actual procedure, your companion is free to stay, or leave and come back to pick you up at the end of the procedure.

Is there an age limit?
Sedation Dentistry is recommended for adults age 18 to 80, but a careful screening will be performed, during the consultation phase, for any medical conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate.

Will I feel anything?
Probably not. We will make every effort to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

How long will I be sedated?
You will be sedated for 2 to 8 hours, depending on your dental care needs. You will often still be drowsy after you leave our office and should not plan any activities for several hours.