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How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

added on: February 9, 2016

Do you visit your dentist once every six months as the American Dental Association recommends? Up to 30{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of the population actually avoids the dentist as a result of fear. However, avoiding care due to dental anxiety can actually mean the health and appearance of your smile suffers. In order to help anxious patients undergo treatment we may suggest a sedative. How does sedation dentistry work?

Frequently Asked Questions About How Sedation Dentistry Works

Question: When do you need sedation?

Answer: This option is often suggested for patients who have a fear of the dentist. In some cases, anxiety may be so severe that even routine visits for dental cleanings and checkups are avoided. However, our calming solution can help the patient remain conscious but in a relaxed state.

Question: How does oral sedation work?

Answer: With the oral option, the patient takes a pill prior to the procedure. The patient then enters a deep state of relaxation. Despite having little to no memory of the experience, the patient remains conscious throughout the procedure. We may recommend having a light supper and no food or drink in the six to eight hours before the procedure.

Question: What happens after the procedure?

Answer: The effects of the sedative take time to wear off. As a result, we advise patients to arrange for a friend or family member to bring them home. You shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours. We will send detailed aftercare instructions with the person taking you home and will schedule a follow up.

Question: What happens if you avoid treatment?

Answer: What happens if you continue to avoid the dentist? To be honest, nothing good comes out of avoiding the dentist. Avoiding routine care allows plaque buildup to remain on the teeth, which weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue, increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Without treatment, these common oral health issues can lead to infections, uncomfortable symptoms, and eventually adult tooth loss. To learn more about our sedation options or to schedule a visit please contact our office today.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.