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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Hayslip is a member of DOCS, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation™, and has received training in dental oral conscious sedation protocols. For patients that experience extreme anxiety about having dental treatment or have extensive treatment needs, sedation dentistry can be an alternative solution to help them receive the care they need while in a fully relaxed state.

Oral Conscious Sedation may be ideal for patients who experience:

  • Fear and anxiety related to dental visits
  • An overly sensitive gag reflex
  • Difficulty becoming numb with the use of anesthetics alone
  • Jaw soreness
  • Pain in the back or neck
  • The need for multiple treatments that can be done in one visit with the use of sedatives

How Oral Sedation works:

Oral sedatives are used to place the patient in a deeply relaxed state. Unlike general anesthesia, the patient can breathe on their own and is able to communicate and respond to questions or instructions.

  • Prior to your appointment, Dr. Hayslip will give you a prescription for a sedative medication to take the night before or on the morning of your appointment.
  • On the day of your appointment, your companion will drive you to our office, where we will make you comfortable in our treatment area.
  • We will complete your treatment while you are sedated, and you will be able to respond to Dr. Hayslip as necessary. You will be closely monitored to make sure your procedure goes smoothly.
  • Following your treatment, your companion will take you home. We recommend that they stay with you until you have completely recovered from the effects of the sedative medication.
  • Most patients do not experience discomfort or residual effects following oral sedation procedures. They generally do not remember many details about the treatment, which is normal.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

For a mildly relaxing effect during procedures, we can provide patients with nitrous oxide sedation, or "laughing gas". Nitrous oxide sedation is inhaled through a fitted nose mask that is worn during dental treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide sedation are temporary and end as soon as the mask is removed.

Oral Surgery and Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Oral Surgeon Dr. Michael Billingsley has completed training in IV sedation for dentistry. He offers IV sedation as a service to his surgical patients.

How IV Sedation works:

Using this approach, a very small IV is placed to administer medications and help you feel completely relaxed during your procedure. With IV sedation, you will reach a deeper level of relaxation than other techniques available. When you are sedated, you will feel very calm and relaxed, yet still able to respond to your surroundings.

You may feel as though you were asleep during your treatment, as you will have little to no memory of it afterwards. Because of this effect from IV sedation, many refer to it as "sleep dentistry" even though you are still awake during the procedure. This can be helpful for patients that experience a great deal of anxiety about dental treatment.

Are you a candidate for IV Sedation?

While IV sedation is safe and effective, people with certain conditions should not use sedatives. These conditions include pregnancy, known allergies to sedatives, and (in some instances) compromised liver and kidney function. Dr. Billingsley will always discuss any current medical conditions and prescriptions you may have in addition to a medical history check. This will help him determine if IV sedation is a viable option for you.

Preparing for your dental sedation procedure:

  • If you choose to be sedated, you cannot have anything to eat or drink (water included) for six hours before your appointment.
  • For morning appointments, skip breakfast.
  • For afternoon appointments, you may eat a light breakfast seven hours prior to your appointment.
  • You may take any prescribed medications on your regular schedule, using only a sip of water, just enough to get the pills down.
  • For your safety, we require that you are accompanied by an adult that can stay with you during treatment and drive you home afterwards.
  • We also recommend that your companion stay with you at home until all the effects of the sedation have worn off.
  • Please wear short sleeves and loose comfortable clothing.
  • Do not wear contact lenses, facial jewelry, or makeup.

Download Pre-IV Sedation Instructions

Sedation Dentistry in Warner Robins

Sedation dentistry has helped many patients complete necessary dental treatment without fear. We always want to help our patients overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their dental health. If you experience a high level of anxiety about dental treatment, or have extensive dental needs, please do not hesitate to Contact the Middle Georgia Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about your options for sedation dentistry.