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Relax with Sedation Dentistry

Are you scared of the dentist? You're not alone. Imagine if you could relax the next time you're at the dentist instead of being anxious or stressed out the entire time? What if there was a way you could not even remember the visit? Many people fear the dentist, which is why we have a variety of safe ways for you to sleep through your dental visit. You can relax with sedation dentistry during dental treatments - that's a guarantee! It is absolutely safe. Sedation Dentist in Indianapolis

Sedation Dentistry Techniques

Gas Sedation

Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" used to help the anxious patient in about 35% of dental offices. The use of gas sedation (nitrous oxide and oxygen) has been used in dentistry for generations; and it is the most frequently employed technique. An advantage of this technique of inhalation conscious sedation is that most people receiving it recover promptly and can leave the dental office unescorted and resume normal activities immediately.

Oral  Sedation

Your dentists may prescribe a sedative drug to be taken by mouth prior to the planned treatment at home. Oral sedation dentistry is most effective in the management of milder degrees of dental anxiety.

IV Sedation

IV Sedation is a safe and highly effective technique for management of moderate to more severe levels of dental anxiety. The patient will have no memory of some, or even all, of the dental treatment. We have covered a lot about IV sedation in detail in this post (link).

Relax with Sedation Dentistry

Do not hesitate to ask Dr. Reese or any of our staff about receiving sedation or any anxiety-reducing method you can use when you undergo dental treatments. We will be glad to explain the options we have available!

Dental Treatments can be a Positive Experience

One of our slogans here in Indianapolis Dentistry is "Calming Fears, Creating Smiles," and this is what we strive hard to do for each of our patients.

We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience through our dental spa amenities, friendly and qualified dental staff and a very understanding and reassuring dentist, Dr. Reese.  With over 20 yrs. experience in providing intravenous sedation in his office, Dr. Reese has performed thousands of procedures under intravenous sedation that would otherwise have been avoided and led to unwanted tooth loss by fearful patients. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

We strive for you to have a pain-free experience and there are two ways we accomplish that goal. The first way is through offering sedation dentistry procedures that let you sleep through and/or forget your appointment. And the second is through using advanced dental technologies such as laser and micro-dentistry that are pain-free. Read more about our pain-free procedures: laser dentistry and micro air abrasion technology.

Again, our number one goal is to provide you with gentle, quality dental care. Please feel free to call us today at 317-882-0228 to make an appointment in our Indianapolis office, just north of Greenwood, Indiana!

Everything You Need to Know About IV Sedation

We have covered some frequently asked questions about IV sedation in an article before but have received more questions from our readers so we decided to have a more thorough run-through on everything you need to know about IV sedation.

Everything You Need to Know About IV Sedation

Intravenous Sedation (aka “IV sedation”) is when a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment.

Everything You Need to Know About IV Sedation

Is it safe? Yes, IV sedation is extremely safe when carried out under the supervision of a specially-trained and highly capable sedation dentist.

How is IV sedation given? “Intravenous” means that the drug is put into a vein. IV sedation requires a small needle to be inserted. Typically, a patient does not even feel the needle. From that point on, sedatives slowly enter the bloodstream. Your pulse and blood pressure are continuously monitored all throughout the procedure to check if you are getting enough oxygen into your bloodstream so don't worry.

What are the sedatives used? The most commonly used drugs for IV sedation are benzodiazepines, or “benzos” for short. These are anti-anxiety sedative drugs. They have these effects: they reduce anxiety/relax you, they make you sleepy, and they produce partial or total amnesia. In some cases, your surgeon may use Propofol in addition to benzodiazepines. The advantage of this is the very rapid recovery time, less than 5 minutes. The drug must be continuously administered to maintain a sedated state.

What does it feel like? Will I be asleep? In reality, you remain conscious during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your surgeon. However, you may not remember much (or anything at all) about what went on because of two things: IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Many people remember nothing at all. So it may appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.

Is it still necessary to be numbed with local anesthetic? The drugs which are usually used for IV sedation are not painkillers (although some pain-killing drugs are occasionally added), but anti-anxiety drugs. While they relax you and make you forget what happens, you will still need to be numbed. If you have a fear of injections, you will not be numbed until the IV sedation has fully kicked in. If you have a phobia of needles, you will very probably be relaxed enough not to care by this stage.

How does the sedation dentist know whether the painkillers have taken effect? Your dentist will ask you if the local anesthetic has worked. Just because a patient is sedated doesn’t mean he can’t respond to questions.

What are the main advantages of IV sedation? There are so many advantages of IV sedation.

Are there any disadvantages? It is possible to experience complications at the site where the needle was inserted, for example hematoma (a localized swelling filled with blood). You also need to have someone to take you home as sedatives don't wear off immediately after treatment.

How long before the sedative wears off? It varies depending on the patient and depending on the procedure. The sedative can begin to wear off within the first hour, but it is still important that any patient who undergoes sedation take the rest of the day off and get plenty of rest.

Do I really need someone to pick me up? Can’t I just take a cab? It is very important that you arrange to have a responsible adult take you home after your appointment as the sedative will take some time to clear your system.

Am I allowed to eat or drink before sedation? No eating or drinking for 8 hours beforehand. Where a general anesthetic drug like propofol or ketamine or a barbiturate is used, there is a danger that a person who regurgitates food while anesthetized could get food or liquid into their lungs.

What should I do or avoid doing after being sedated? Depending on the treatment performed and the sedation used, here are some things that Dr. Reese might advise you to do:

  • Have someone take you home and rest for the remainder of the day. Have an adult stay with you until you’re fully alert.
  • Don’t perform any strenuous or hazardous activities and don’t drive for the rest of the day.
  • If you experience unusual problems like problems with breathing or palpitations, call our office at 317-882-0228.

What treatments can I be sedated for? Sedation is an option for every treatment that we offer.  If you have anxiety issues, Dr. Reese will be able to suggest the best type of sedation for you.

Whether you are having an implant placed or you are simply a nervous patient, IV sedation makes your visit to our office a completely comfortable experience.  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 also has staff  hospital privileges at the St. Francis hospital network for those needing true general anesthesia for complicated health reasons. 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.

Sedation Dentist in Indianapolis

Dental studies show that roughly 30% of people avoid going to the dentist because of fear or anxiety. Fortunately, sedation dentistry has been developed to help patients fight their fears. Dr. Ted Reese, a sedation dentist in Indianapolis, is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and administers sedation intravenously, orally or by gas. He is a licensed dentist providing intravenous sedation for over 25 years. Although sedation dentistry is important in dental treatments when dealing with nervous patients, the Indianapolis Dentistry staff extends more help by creating spa-like facilities and amenities, going out of their way to erase the “clinical impression” most dental clinics have. Coupled with highly qualified and trained yet equally compassionate and kind staff, they make your dental experience calm and relaxing - so you won't mind going back!

All staff provide great care. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable. They are reassuring and compassionate. Going to the dentist makes me very anxious and nervous. Dr. Reese and all staff were patient and kind." -Chelsea H., Carthage, Indiana

Advantages of Using Sedation Dentistry

  • Working in the same way as general anesthesia in medical surgery, sedation dentistry allows patients to relax, being induced in a sleep-like state.  Sedation Dentistry in Indianapolis
  • This technology helps a sedation dentist in Indianapolis like Dr. Reese perform longer procedures and multiple treatments on his patients without discomfort. In fact, Dr. Reese often treats several teeth and problems in an extended sedation treatment. Complex procedures can be performed in a single sitting that may otherwise take multiple visits – this benefits both the patient and the dentist.
  • It provides a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients, helping them overcome their fear of dentists.

Sedation Dentistry Methods

Gas Sedation

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is helpful for patients who are nervous during a dental visit.  The least expensive of all the sedation procedures, this helps soothe and calm patients during treatments. The main attraction of this technique is its immediate reversibility. After the procedure, you can immediately go back to normal activities – drive, go back to the office or school – without experiencing any after or side effects.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a popular sedation dentistry method.  Combined with gas sedation (nitrous oxide) and a sedative pill, oral sedation induces a very drowsy sleep state often accompanied by a lack of memory of the procedure.  You can learn more about how the combination works in the FAQs listed here.  This makes a patient’s dental appointment “uneventful” and will encourage him to come back again. This is very effective for patients who need to go back for several procedures to complete a dental treatment.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Often called the sleep and anxiety-free sedation technique, IV sedation lets you safely sleep through your dental procedure. Dr. Reese inserts a sedative and narcotic drug through an intravenous line to induce a controlled sleep state. Safety is guaranteed as Dr. Reese has performed thousands of procedures under IV sedation. Your vital signs are closely monitored so that additional drug doses can be administered to ensure you sleep safely throughout the procedure.  IV insertion is actually better because reversal agents can be immediately administered for those with critical health issues. Dr. Reese also safely administers additional vitamins to supplement the body’s faster recovery and detoxification. Take the case of amalgam removals. Amalgams contain mercury and need to be removed carefully and safely. Dr. Reese intravenously administers Vitamin C, a very powerful antioxidant, to help combat mercury exposure during the procedure. Since it is administered through IV, its effect is immediate to the body and wouldn't cause gastric burn if high doses will be given. Do not worry about over dosage too – Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and whatever is not absorbed is passed through the urine.

I am always pleased with the tender care I receive. I was nervous and uncomfortable the other day and they gave me just what I needed. Most professional place I have been." -Lan P., Indianapolis

Dr. Ted Reese, Sedation Dentist in Indianapolis

If you live in the Indianapolis area and need dental implants or want to undergo a dental teeth enhancement, Dr. Reese would be able to get you through every dental procedure calmly with the help of sedation dentistry techniques. Call 317-882-0228 for an

Implants vs. Dentures: Finding Your Best Tooth Replacement Option

Are you feeling self conscious about tooth loss? While we all hope to maintain a healthy and attractive smile throughout our lifetime, sometimes this is just not feasible.

Not only is tooth loss an aesthetical nightmare, but it can also expedite undesired dental and social problems. All your teeth are essential to chewing, speaking, and smiling. When any of your teeth are missing, these seemingly normal activities can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming.

Here are some tooth replacement options to consider in order to get your smile back in tip-top shape:

Implants

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Dr. Reese will “implant” a metal post beneath your gum and fuse it to your jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth will be mounted on the implant.

Indianapolis Dentistry makes implants a breeze with the following services:

  • Same day removal of nonrestorable teeth, with surgical placement of the implant and ‘temporization’ of an acrylic tooth to eliminate gaps in your smile.
  • Same day mini implant placement and denture retention to secure your existing dentures.
  • In-office, intravenous (IV) sedation in our own surgery suites to avoid hospital costs, yet allow you to safely sleep through the surgical procedures.
  • Bone grafting to replace the missing jaw bone required for implant placement after years of tooth loss.
  • Gum grafting to replace the shrunken gum tissue negatively affecting smile results in front tooth replacement.
  • Sinus bone grafting to provide the required jaw bone for implant placement in the upper jaw.
  • Some implants can be placed without the need for incisions or sutures, which reduces any post surgical swelling or tenderness!

If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for implants, contact our office for a second opinion. We’ve been able to help many patients, that were previously told they couldn’t be helped. We’d also be happy to offer you a second opinion and treatment plan to assist you in your decision making.

Bonded Bridges

This type of bridge or denture spans where one or more teeth have been lost. It is bonded or cemented into place. A bonded bridge will keep teeth from drifting into spaces created from a missing tooth and helps preserve normal functionality and bite for the jaw (TMJ) joint. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either sides of the space, which gives the bridge strong support. Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing is required to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy.

Custom Full or Partial Removable Dentures

Dr. Reese enjoys creating a deceptively natural and becoming smile that is unique to each of his many denture patients. Unlike many dentists or clinics that consider themselves ‘denture specialists’, Dr. Reese will personally create the smile and fit that is crucial to ensure the outcome is a success for the patient, and also meets his standard of care.

The benefit of removable dentures is that they can been taken out of your mouth for cleaning and are generally less expensive than the above options. However, both implants and partial bridges are likely to feel more stable and comfortable.

Don't forget - all dentures are not created equal. If you look for the lowest price, you’ll get what you pay for. Self-fitting dentures, which are sometimes offered for “discount” prices, will not fit as well, or be made with lasting materials, or personalized craftsmanship, and generally are harder to get use to the feel as they are bigger, and don’t work (chew!) as well as custom made dentures. Dr. Reese will make sure your dentures feature premium long-wearing, low-staining teeth and high impact acrylic denture base. He personally performs the critical alignment and positioning of your teeth to create the smile that is deceptively natural and beautiful.

No one has to know you’re wearing dentures. No one wants a denture that looks like a “denture.” Unlike old-fashioned dentures, which may look unnatural, today’s denture can be made just for you, allowing you to look and feel better without anyone knowing why. Dr. Reese has extensive experience and knowledge to select and arrange teeth in a manner that creates the warm, natural smile you seek. Dentures help you to lose that sunken look in your lower face, as well as the wrinkles around your mouth. You’ll likely look younger and smile more often.

REMEMBER, at Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in-office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier implant and denture treatment, in-house, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Dental Phobia?

Are you afraid of the dentist? You're not alone! It is estimated that nearly 35 million adults are anxious about visiting and dentist and consequently, postpone their appointment. Don't let anxiety get in the way of a healthy smile! Read our testimonials from our patients. One patient was "terrified of dental work", but said we "were comforting and never once made me feel bad." Another patient who was self-described as "a severe dental phobic" said, "Dr. Reese and his staff were very understanding, supportive and genuinely concerned about my dental experiences and health." We want all of our patients to feel that way so we compiled a list of some tips to make your dental experience more comfortable and minimize nervousness: 

1. Don't be uncomfortable telling Dr. Reese or our staff that you are nervous or anxious! It may also be a good idea to arrange a signal with the dental staff (such as raising your hand) to indicate when you are uncomfortable or need them to stop. That way you are in control of your visit!

2. Try to schedule your appointment during a time when you're not in a rush or under mental/physical strain.

3. Get a good night's sleep the day before you appointment.

4. Wear loose and comfortable clothes. - Tight clothes will restrict your movement and make you uncomfortable and agitated.

5. Ask for one of Indianapolis Dentistry's pre-programmed iPods to help you relax!

6. Call our office ahead of time and ask about our multiple sedation options. Sedation Dentistry will allow you to sleep/relax through your appointment and wake up refreshed with little to no memory of your appointment.

7. Ask about Laser Dentistry! Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.

At Indianapolis Dentistry in Greenwood, IN (near downtown Indianapolis), our number one goal is to provide you with stress-free, quality dental care.

REMEMBER... There are major consequences to skipping dental visits! Avoiding dental visits means you are missing a chance to identify and treat dental problems well before they become major health issues. Diagnostic testing, oral cancer screening, x-rays, cleanings can all go a long way to ensuring your dental health through preventative care.

Stop postponing your health! Call Indianapolis Dentistry today at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment!

Terrified of the Dentist? Try Indianapolis Dentistry's Innovative Solution!

DOES VISITING THE DENTIST LEAVE YOU TERRIFIED AND PANIC STRICKEN?

Everything from fillings, crowns, and root canals, to gum treatment, wisdom tooth removal, cosmetic dentistry, and even cleanings can be provided while you’re asleep! Intravenous (IV) sedation employs a combination of sedative and narcotic drug administration to safely and effective allow you to sleep through your appointment. Much more than “a pill and laughing gas” technique geared to “relax” you, Dr. Ted Reese has been licensed and providing a true intravenous sedation for over 20 years

Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. Not only does IV sedation also eliminate anxiety and pain, but because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish high-quality dentistry in less time. You will be so relaxed that you"ll be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office. Patients remain stress-free and remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.

IV sedation also gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered and allows the dentist to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What Will My Actual Treatment Be Like? We require that a patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to an IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Patients are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can easily be removed to ensure total relaxation. Upon lying down in the dental chair, an assistant will bring blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm. Finally, you will never be left alone. Either Dr. Reese or one of our trained assistants will be with you at all times to ensure absolute safety and comfort.

What Will I Feel Like After the Appointment? Most patients remember waking up on the couch at home. The after effects are few. You will not be allowed to drive a car for 24 hrs. and typically have no memory of the visit to the office at all.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover the Procedure? Patients have different insurance plans, so there is no single answer. Generally speaking, most dental insurance plans do cover part or sometimes even all of the cost of IV sedation. It's best to check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment to confirm your plan's benefits. Feel free to call or refer to our website if you have any further questions.

DON'T DELAY! Our prices, services, and hours are competitive with, if not better than, all other reputable Indianapolis dental practices. So visit our website or call to make an appointment at Indianapolis Dentistry today!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

 

Open Letter to Those Afraid of the Dentist

It has been my great pleasure and satisfaction to be able to help many people such as yourself obtain the dental care they want and need but have been unable to carry through with their desires. Let me highlight what will be different from your past dental experiences and visits:

First of all, you will have minimal to no awareness of the work we will be doing. You will be in a safe but deep sleep while we perform your needed care, and have little to absolutely no recollection of the appointment.

Secondly, we will routinely combine the services that would normally require several visits and sometimes several doctors, into as few of visits as necessary to complete your treatment and restorations. Appointment length and frequency will vary with the desired outcome and initial condition, and financial arrangements.

Thirdly, I will suggest and recommend a course of action that puts you on the road to enjoying a lifetime dental plan. This “lifetime plan” will address your desires in terms of comfort, function, and appearance, and my desire for you to enjoy a “cost effective- long lasting solution” to your dental problems.

As I stated earlier, I have been very fortunate to be able to help many people as yourself become “comfortable” about receiving dental care. My staff will make themselves available to assist you in getting any and all financing options available to help in making your treatment affordable and fit your budget.

Congratulations! You have made the first and often the hardest step towards addressing your needed dental treatment. I look forward to helping you through this process becoming “dentally” healthy and happy and proud of your new smile.

-Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

Indianapolis Dentistry Vs. Chain Dental Practices

Wondering about how Indianapolis Dentistry stacks up against the competition? Here's a quick comparison of our family-owned and operated dental practice against other "chain" dental practices:

INDIANAPOLIS DENTISTRY

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Open Monday: 8am - 5pm; Tuesday: 7am - 5pm; Wednesday: 8am - 5pm; Thursday: 12pm - 7pm; Friday: 9am - 5pm Open 7 days a week from 9 - 9pm
Emergencies Accepted! No Appointment Necessary
We file ALL Insurances and Care Credit is Available!   File “most” forms of insurance
1 hour Visit w/ Appointment; Usually NO second visit necessary Potential for Extensive Wait TimesLikely Necessitates Specialist Attention and an Appointment Elsewhere
IV Sedation Therapy Eases Stress and Allows You to Sleep Through Your Appointment with NO Downtime  
Spa-Like Office Amenities; Serving Keurig Coffee

Not only does Indianapolis Dentistry offer Emergency Dental Treatment and an identical service list, but at Indianapolis Dentistry we also offer:

- Laser Dentistry

- Oral Surgery

- IV Sedation Dentistry 

- Veneers

- TJM Care

- BruxGuards (made in-house)

- Invisilign and Braces

- Dental Implants for ALL Ages

- Relaxing Dental Spa Environment

- Free Keurig Coffee, TV, Internet, and Magazines/Newspaper So You Can Relax or Stay Up-to-Date  

Indianapolis Dentistry is unequivocally your ONE STOP dental office for everything from a pampered routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.

Why spend the time visiting two or more dental offices when you can simply call Indianapolis Dentistry?

Indianapolis Dentistry’s prices are competitive with, if not lower than, impersonal, chain dental facilities, and by supporting ID you are supporting family run small businesses everywhere.

Come checkout a thriving dental practice owned and run by Dr. Ted ReeseIndiana’s most prominent and decorated dentists.

We look forward to meeting you!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

Greenwood Indiana Dentist Does IV Sedation

While dentists who offer sedation may be more common, those who offer IV sedation are more rare and Dr. Ted Reese is one of those dentists. Located just north of Greenwood, Indiana, Indianapolis Dentistry has been offering IV sedation dentistry for over 25 years. Dr. Reese takes the same skills and techniques he uses in his hospital dentistry for use in his own oral surgery center. While this dental office can also offer pill and gas sedation techniques, the control and thoroughness of IV sedation makes it ideal for dental patients and it's one of the things that helps set Dr. Reese and Indianapolis Dentistry apart from other dentists in the Greenwood area.

Benefits to IV Sedation

Greenwood Indiana IV Sedation
Greenwood Indiana IV Sedation

IV (intravenous) sedation allows the sedative medication to go directly into the bloodstream, which allows it to work faster than pills or gas sedation can. This also means that if the medication needs to be adjusted during an oral surgery it can be adjusted faster too. This real-time response makes IV sedation a great resource during oral surgery and ultimately the patient getting dental treatment.

Another great benefit of IV sedation is that more dental work can be performed during a single visit, which prevents patients from having to come back to the office and take more time off work or away from school or their children.

Oral Surgery by Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD

With over 25 years experience with IV sedation in the Greenwood, Indiana area, Dr. Ted Reese continues to be one of the top dentists able to perform oral surgeries in the Midwest. He has become a Diplomat to the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID), making Dr. Reese one of the nation’s leading experts in implant care. He is a DDS and MAGD (Master of the Academy of General Dentistry) who also serves on a regional board of directors of dentists. He not only helps his own patients during the week, but trains other dentists on how to do complex oral surgeries and dental implants on the weekends. Dr. Reese is one of the most sought-after dentists for his oral surgery skills in the Midwest.

Schedule an Appointment

If you're thinking about getting your wisdom teeth taken out, are considering dental implants, or just want a second opinion, call our office at 317-882-0228 and one of our friendly staff members will help you find an appointment that's convenient for you. We are open a variety of hours to help you find the time that's most appropriate for you so don't be afraid of having to miss out on work or taking care of your kids. We're flexible and we'd love to see you in our office!

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Most commonly, there are three different options of sleep dentistry. These include: inhalation sedation, oral sedation, or IV sedation. Typically at Indianapolis Dentistry, IV sedation method is the preferred as it allows for a deeper, safer, and more consistent response to the sedation drugs utilized. During sedation dentistry, the patient receive sedative agents that cause them to fall into a state of deep relaxation often the same agents used in bronchoscopy or colonoscopy procedures in the hospital . While it is commonly advertised as "sleep dentistry," the patient is never "put to sleep" during sedation, but into a controlled state of amnesia and relaxation.

Inhalation sedation, or "laughing gas," is nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen that the patient inhales.  This is a preferred option for moderate to mild anxiety of dental procedures.   The big advantage of nitrous oxide is the ability of the patient or recipient to drive themselves to the office, experience an uneventful, relaxing dental appointment, then return to fully alert state and drive themselves home.

Oral sedation is the process of sedating a person through the use of a pill. If the patient chooses this method, they must insure they have a ride to and from the appointment. Oral sedation is typically combined with the use of Nitrous Oxide to deepen the level of sedation from the pill alone.

IV sedation requires a small needle to be inserted. Typically, a patient does not even feel the needle. From that point on, sedatives slowly enter the bloodstream. After a patient is under, Dr. Reese will begin whatever surgery or procedure is scheduled and then revive the patient once completed. Over the past years, sedation dentistry has become an exceedingly popular method among phobic patients, those with extreme gagging problems,  and for the potentially pain-inducing surgeries. If you think sedation dentistry is a good option for you but have some questions and concerns, feel free to contact the office or speak with Dr. Reese at your next appointment.  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 also has staff  hospital privileges at the St. Francis hospital network for those needing true general anesthesia for complicated health reasons. 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.

Sedation Dentistry (Part 1)

If you're looking for a sedation dentist in Greenwood, Indiana, we know just the office!  Dr. Reese offers IV or pill sedation dentistry, otherwise known as "sleep dentistry",  for patients who range from minimal to extreme phobics. The drugs administered during an IV sedation create either partial or full memory loss (i.e. amnesia) during the dental procedure and render you in a controlled, completely monitored, and safe sleep.   Sleep dentistry provides a much easier and comfortable experience for both patient and the doctor. If you're feeling you're best and most relaxed, we know we will be able to perform our best for you!

Integrative Dentist in Indianapolis, IN

If you're looking for an integrative dentist in Indianapolis, IN, consider a biological dentist with 28 years of experience and hygienists trained to make you feel as comfortable as possible through gentle cleanings, laser treatments, and a spa-like environment.

What is Integrative Dentistry?

Integrated Dentistry takes a more holistic approach and considers all the factors that contribute to your oral health and the longevity of your teeth and smile."

How is Indianapolis Dentistry Different?

The waiting room is stocked with coffee and beverages, you can get on the Internet, or let your kids play in the play room. Our front office staff will greet you with a smile.

As you can see in the above video, once you come for one of our gentle cleanings, you'll have your choice of:

  • Hand Treatment
  • Neck Pillow
  • Cool Eye Mask
  • Headphones
  • Chair Massager
  • Blanket
  • TV
  • Headphones
  • Movie Glasses
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bottled Water
  • Juice
Enjoy the best modern dentistry has to offer from our state-of-the-art dental spa and surgery center, located just south of 465 on US 31 in Indianapolis:
  • Minimally Invasive Dentistry
  • Air Abrasion Technology
  • Waterlase Technology
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • A Pain-Free Commitment
  • Spa-Like Amenities
  • Massage Chairs
  • Hand Treatments
  • Flat Screen TV's, iPods, & Movies
  • Beverage and Business Centers