Forget Your Fears with Sedation
If you feel anxious about your dental visits, you’re not alone. Dr. Koch has treated many patients and has found it quite common for dental fear to keep some people from attending their regular appointments. That’s why he’s gained qualifications to be able to provide sedation for you.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental sedation can help you relax when you’re in the chair. It can help immensely if you feel afraid or anxious, and sedation is also very useful for people who are sensitive to the sights, sounds, or feelings of dental work.
Dr. Koch is qualified to administer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation in his office. He’ll make sure you’re safe and comfortable throughout your visit, so you can sit back and relax while we work on your beautiful smile.
Types of Dental Sedation in Our Office
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill that you’ll swallow prior to your procedure. This form of sedation won’t put you to sleep, but you’ll be much less aware of your surroundings and you’ll feel relaxed.
Time will pass by more quickly, so your appointment will feel like it took almost no time before it’s done. The sedation may take a while to wear off, so you’ll need to make sure someone else can drive you home.
Dr. Koch recently expanded his sedation services to include IV sedation for adults. This type of sedation is stronger than oral conscious sedation and is administered into the vein. Dr. Koch is fully qualified to administer IV sedation and he’ll make sure you’re safe during your visit.
You won’t be able to drive yourself home, so you’ll need to make sure someone else can drive you after your appointment — this can be a family member, a friend, or even an Uber or Lyft. As long as you aren’t driving yourself home.
Is Sedation Right for Me?
If you have experienced one or more of the following situations, then sedation dentistry is right for you.
- A fear of dental work
- A past awful dental experience
- Are difficult to numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Have sensitive teeth
- Are under time constraints
- Have complex dental problems
- Have a fear of needles
- Are embarrassed by your teeth
- Have a sensitivity to smells and tastes related to dental work
- Have a physical condition that does not allow traditional dental work
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
Dental sedation varies depending on the strength of the sedation used for your procedure. Dr. Koch uses oral conscious sedation, meaning you’ll be conscious during the procedure but less aware of your surroundings and you won’t be in pain.
It’s safest to allow 24 hours for the sedation to wear off fully. Make sure to bring someone you can trust to drive you home after your procedure and avoid performing any tasks that may put you in danger due to the sedation.
Is oral conscious sedation safe?
Yes, oral sedation is safe with Dr. Koch. He’ll monitor you throughout the procedure and ensure the level of sedation is suitable for you. When sedation is administered properly, there is very little risk associated with it.
Sedation can help you feel more comfortable during your procedure, but you won’t be asleep. Even though you’ll be awake, you won’t be very aware of what’s happening during the procedure and it’ll pass by quicker.
What does conscious sedation feel like?
While you’re conscious during the procedure, you won’t be very aware of your surroundings and any sensations will be dulled. That means the procedure will pass by more quickly and you won’t feel what happens while you’re in the chair.
You’ll feel like you could fall asleep and any anxiety, fear, or negative feelings will dissipate. This feeling may take a while to wear off after your procedure, so it’s best to bring someone with you who can drive you home.
Contact Dr. Koch for A Comfortable Visit
If you dread your regular dental appointment, Dr. Koch can help make it easier for you. Sedation can be a life-changing experience because you’ll be able to get the dental care you need without feeling discomfort while you’re in our office.
To contact us for more information, you can easily call our office phone at 409-384-5438 or fill out our convenient contact form, available on this page. We’re looking forward to speaking with you.