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Is Sedation Safe During Pregnancy?

Typically sedation is not recommended during pregnancy due to the effects of the sedative drugs but also from local anesthetics. Although it depends on the drug being used, some sedatives can potentially be "teratogenic" which refers their negative effects on the fetus. Any medications that can possibly pass over the placenta can cause potential problems with normal development and nutrition. It is because of this that sedation as well as most dental treatment is typically deferred to the 2nd trimester.

It is not recommended during the 1st trimester because of early fetal development and also contraindicated late in the 3rd trimester due to the stress of the drugs/treatment than can promote premature labor. The 2nd trimester is typically the safest of the 3 trimesters but if possible, all treatment until after pregnancy.

Emergency dental issues may arise throughout pregnancy, necessitating immediate, painful diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Pregnant women who are in pain may suffer even more from the painful intervention and the secondary anxiety, necessitating procedural sedation. In most instances, the exposure to the medications used in procedural sedation is brief, and the doses are relatively low; therefore, significant adverse pregnancy outcomes are not expected.

The current evidence suggests that pregnant women who need a surgical intervention and who have significant pain, distress, or fear may benefit from sedation, but it should be provided under the supervision of a physician with expertise in obstetric anaesthesia. Dr. Reese in Indianapolis is an experienced sedation dentist in Indianapolis that can help you make this decision.

If you're pregnant, be sure and let your dentist know before you have any dental work done in order to protect you and your baby.

Sleep Through Your Next Appointment

Nervous and panic-stricken? Afraid of the dentist? Fear no more. You can sleep through your next appointment with no recollection of the visit. Sleep Through Your Next Appointment

If the thought of going to the dentist makes your knees weak and turns your skin green, you may be happy to learn that an anxiety-free option exists in Indianapolis: sleep dentistry.

Sleep Dentistry

Unlike conscious sedation dentistry where you stay awake during your visit, sleep dentistry is where you are actually unconscious (asleep) during your dental visit.

Sedation Dentistry

Sleep dentistry is one form of sedation dentistry in Indianapolis provided by Dr. Reese. He has been helping phobic patients for 30 years. With a variety of sedation modalities available, Dr. Reese will choose the method most effective for both your dental procedure and your level of anxiety.

Calming Fears...Creating Smiles

Dr. Reese, an Indianapolis sedation dentist, has a motto: "Calming fears...creating smiles." His primary goal is to make you happy with your smile and he doesn't want 'fear of the dentist' to get in the way of that. That's why he's worked hard to bring all of these options to you - including sleep dentistry - to help you get the dental care you need in Indianapolis.

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Conscious sedation dentistry (also called "moderate sedation") is where you are awake during the dental procedure, but you are completely relaxed. You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure, which for many is ideal. Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Moderate sedation dentistry allows you to enter a state of relaxation while staying awake during the procedure. Although you won't feel any pain, you'll be able to respond to Dr. Reese's questions and commands. Many times this is done with an IV.

IV Sedation

Unlike a pill or gas, IV sedation drugs are delivered intravenously, producing an effect much sooner, but IV sedation also allows Dr. Reese to adjust the level of sedation needed during the procedure. Dr. Reese has done this process for 30 years.

Oral Sedation

IV is not the only way to achieve conscious sedation dentistry. Gas and "pill" oral sedation modalities can also be used, but they don't have as much control as IV sedation. Dr. Reese will help you determine what form of sedation is the best for you.

Indianapolis Sedation Dentist

Dr. Reese is a dentist that offers sedation in the Indianapolis area. He's conveniently located just 5 minutes south of 465 on US 31 in Southport, which is just 5 minutes north of Greenwood Park Mall.

Southport Indiana Sedation Dentist

This is a guest blog post by our web design and IT guy, Erich Stauffer. Southport Indiana Sedation Dentist

I grew up in the Southport area off McFarland and Southport road. I used to go swimming at the Baxter YMCA and shop at Cub Foods with my mom.

I remember when the Wal-Mart just down the street from Dr. Reese's office was being built and what it felt like to walk through the store for the first time.

I remember walking to Linder's Laundrymat to buy candy, to the Putt-Putt by Dairy Queen to play arcade games, and to the Taco Bell by Mr. D's to get burritos.

There was a Hook's pharmacy that sold comic books and a newsstand down the way that sold baseball cards. If I was lucky I got to go to the Greenwood mall.

There was no Starbucks or Chick-Fil-A in town then. McFarland Farms was still a farm and not a place to stop and get a Cheeseburger in Paradise.

On Sundays I would go to Cracker Barrel after church and get Momma's Pancake Breakfast. I used to tell my mom, "It fits my stomach perfectly."

But there's one thing I didn't like to do in Southport and that was to go to the dentist. I was scared of the dentist. I still am. That's where Dr. Reese comes in.

I've known Dr. Reese for the last 8 years. I first started working with him at his home when his daughter's computer needed some work so she could use it for school.

Over time I started helping Dr. Reese with his website and eventually with his IT needs at the office. Over that time I've had the chance to witness Dr. Reese in action.

I can tell you from experience that Dr. Reese truly does everything he can to calm your fears. It's not just his bedside manner, the sedation modalities, and his staff - it's all of that.

If you're looking for a sedation dentist who has been around Southport for as long as I have, who is experienced, passionate, and skillful, Dr. Reese is your sedation dentist.


Sedation Dentistry – Is It Safe?

Sedation dentistry is considered very safe and can be done in our Indianapolis Dentistry clinic. Sedation Dentistry - Is it Safe?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.

Less Visits, More Care

You will be provided thorough care in an efficient manner that minimizes your visits, time away from work or home, and minimal interruption to your schedule. For many who have put off or intentionally avoided dental care, there can be extensive needs to restore their teeth and mouth to a pain-free, and trouble-free condition. Most dentists can provide the traditional needs of fillings, crowns, and even some routine root canal treatments, but when there are extensive needs, several missing teeth to replace, or the desire to have as much treatment accomplished in as few appointments as possible, Dr. Reese’s skill and experience can combine several different treatments in each appointment to save you time and prevent further suffering. One way to do this is through sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Whether you may or may not need and desire sedation, Dr. Reese often combines several needs into one appointment. Not just several fillings in one visit, but fillings, crowns, root canals, and some dental implants can be completed in one visit.

Imagine it. You can come in with a badly hurting tooth ache, be sedated to allow you to comfortably sleep through having the painful nerve removed from the tooth, the damaged tooth restored with a post and core, than have the custom crown fabricated and cemented all in the same visit!

Same-Visit Crowns

With the new 3D imaging and milling technology of CEREC (CAD-CAM), Dr. Reese can custom fabricate and cement a porcelain crown in the same visit.

Same-Visit Dental Implants

If a tooth is non-restorable or missing and the jaw bone is able to support it, a dental implant can be placed with a temporary acrylic tooth in one-visit. Denture wearers can also have "mini dental implants" placed same-visit that work with existing dentures in order to better secure them in your mouth.

Our Invitation to You

We are proud of our service and focus on our patient's well being to provide beautiful, natural smiles with lasting tooth replacements and repairs. Experience the difference with a gentle, experienced doctor and staff who are concerned with your comfort and quality of care. Call (317) 882-0228 to make an appointment at our Indianapolis dental office, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana on US 31 in Southport.

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


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.


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:



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)

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.