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Sedation Dentistry – Is It Safe?

March 13, 2014

Sedation dentistry is considered very safe and can be done in our Indianapolis Dentistry clinic.

Sedation dentistry has greatly helped people who have dental phobia and have allowed them to have a comfortable dental visit while undergoing different dental procedures. Dr. Reese is a sedation dentist in Indianapolis who has administered different sedation techniques for more than 20 years. Some of these techniques are oral sedation (through pills) and gas sedation (through laughing gas). He is also licensed and trained to deliver anesthetics intravenously (IV sedation). Since Dr. Reese is licensed and trained to deliver the anesthetics through an IV vs. a pill, the depth of sleep is better controlled and customized for each patient and their metabolism.

Sedation Dentistry Helps People Conquer Their Dental Anxiety

A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), a professional dental organization dedicated to ensuring that patients receive safe, comfortable and anxiety-free dental care, 30% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This all-too-common "dental phobia" prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.

Making Sedation Dentistry Safe for Everyone

If you are concerned with sedation and have questions, Dr. Reese and his staff will be happy to answer any of your concerns. There are common protocols that dentist’s offices are required to follow so they're ready in the event that something goes wrong. The American Dental Association has released guidelines for the use of sedation and general anesthesia by dentists, which they follow.

Undergoing Sedation Dentistry at the Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic

Dr. Reese has been thoroughly trained in all aspects of sedation dentistry, and has been providing IV sedation since 1985.  He was one of the first non-specialized, non limited comprehensive dentists to provide this service when licensure first became mandatory in Indiana. He has been doing sedation procedures in the clinic and it is absolutely safe. Dr. Reese has been providing this service to his surgery (implant, gum surgery, and wisdom tooth surgery) patients for over 20 years. Each patient is monitored for his EKG, blood pressure, and respiratory functions during the entire procedure to maintain a safe, controlled experience. He also has staff hospital privileges at the St. Francis hospital network for those needing true general anesthesia for complicated health reasons.

Who is at Risk for Sedation Dentistry?

Normal healthy adults have little to fear from sedation. When there are medical conditions present in the patient, extra care and precaution are taken. For example, someone with the flu should probably wait until his condition clears before undergoing sedation dentistry. Children always face higher risks than adults when it comes to any kind of medical procedure. Sedation is mostly safe but parents of children need to take as many precautions as possible. Let your dentist know of any health conditions or medications your child is taking before agreeing to sedation.

Sedation Dentistry: Calming Your Fears

If you're thinking about having oral surgery and like the idea of IV sedation, call our staff at 317-882-0228 to talk about setting up an initial consultation appointment just north of Greeenwood, Indiana in Indianapolis.