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Sedation Dentistry

Gentle Sedation Dentistry in Indianapolis

While my own family dentist gave me a good impression of dentists (he was always pleasant, happy, and seemed to enjoy his work), I'm fully aware that not everyone has had the same experiences with dentists in their past.

I really dreaded finding a dentist because as an adult I was really afraid of dentists and embarrassed in the shape of my teeth and I knew my stomach was going to be sick." -Jan

One thing I stress with all of my patients and staff is to be gentle. Be gentle when brushing. Be gentle when cleaning. We use gentle products. We are gentle on your gums and gentle on your teeth. Even when you can't feel it.

Who is Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD?

I'm an Indianapolis sedation dentist who has been practicing sedation dentistry in Indianapolis for over 30 years. I understand the fears you may have about going to the dentist so I go out of my way to create a gentle, calm, and soothing environment that complements IV, gas, and pill sedation.

Dr. Reese formulated a plan of action that suited my individual preferences; at no time was I made to feel self-conscious about my past dental neglect. Today, after multiple dental procedures which were virtually pain-free." -C.W.

I want to personally invite you to allow us to show you the care and comfort you deserve. Experience the difference in our expertise, professionalism, and thorough care. Our staff will work hard to gain your confidence and trust. Call our office at 317-882-0228 and experience the difference.


4 Degrees of Dental Sedation

With dental sedation, patients feel no pain, and remember nothing about the surgery. Some of Dr. Reese's happiest patients are those who have had sedation, because they had no discomfort at the time and no memories of the experience afterwards.

I was worried about the procedure, but chose oral sedation. Not only did I feel nothing, I also remember nothing, which is fine by me. Dr. Reese made going to the dentist just that much easier."

Indianapolis Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Reese's 3 different dental sedation methods can provide 4 varying degrees of sedation:

  • Light Sedation - also known as "Anxiolysis", which is typically induced by nitrous oxide. This form of gas sedation is the most commonly used method to bring on this type of relaxation.
  • Conscious Sedation - moderate dental sedation can refer to either nitrous oxide or IV sedation. Conscious sedation allows the patient to be awake enough to respond to commands, but will be in a state of extreme relaxation.
  • Deep Sedation - this state between unconscious and conscious dental sedation is where patients will not be able to respond to commands in a consistent manner and may need assistance breathing.
  • Unconsciousness - general anesthesia causes the airway to close. As a result, patients will need assistance with breathing and will not respond to commands. This method of dental sedation is reserved for oral surgery.

Dr. Reese is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been awarded Fellow at several different dental associations. He has been practicing sedation dentistry at his Indianapolis dental office for decades and is on-staff at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. You can trust Dr. Reese for your dental needs.

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!

Sedation Dentistry for Multiple Dental Treatments in One Visit

Most people lead busy lives and many patients put off extensive dental work because they can’t fit multiple visits into their schedule. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Reese can now accomplish multiple dental treatments in a single visit! It saves the patient time, anxiety and money - and gives Dr. Reese more time, flexibility and freedom to complete the needed treatments without having to worry about a patient's anxiety. Sedation Dentistry for Multiple Dental Treatments in One Visit

Different from anesthesia, which numbs pain during a dental procedure, sedation dentistry uses a medication that simultaneously works as an anti-anxiety medication and a sedative to help you feel at ease and worry-free. There is IV Sedation, Gas Sedation, and Oral Sedation options.  Because of the amnesia effect of the sedation medication, many patients feel like the procedure has been a few minutes—even if it has taken hours!

Sedation Dentistry: Extremely Safe

Dental sedation is extremely safe because you remain somewhat conscious, breathe independently, and still respond to physical or verbal cues during the procedure. Natural reflexes operate normally so that you can communicate any pain to the sedation dentist.

Sedation Dentistry: Accomplishing More Without Sacrificing the Quality of Dental Care

Because dental sedation keeps you still and relaxed for a long period of time, it allows Dr. Reese to work more quickly and effectively. Armed with new technology, Dr. Reese can give you a new crown in just one visit or a new smile after an extended dental treatment - all without you having to go back for another!

At Indianapolis Dentistry, we really mean it when we say, "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. This works perfectly not only for those who lead busy lives but for those who have dental fear and have put off availing of dental work for so long that they need quite a full restoration and extensive dental treatments.

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.

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.


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 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.

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

How to Have A Comfortable Dental Visit

A trip to the dentist’s office can be intimidating for first-timers and downright terrifying for many. Some people even avoid going to the dentist because of fear. In fact, many people suffer from dental phobia that they don’t go until the worst dental problems happen. Since poor oral health care can lead to worse health problems like diabetes and heart disease, it is important that people overcome their fear. Fortunately, there are many options available to help ensure a patient has a comfortable dental visit and an easier, pain-free dental experience. How To Have A Comfortable Dentist Visit

The Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry has taken great effort to not only prioritize comfort and relaxation to their patients but to offer spa-like services, eliminating smells associated to dental offices with the use of fragrant oils. You can request a moisturizing oil massage for your hands to help calm your nerves and ask for BOSE headphones to reduce noise during treatments. They even have converted their working environment into a spa-like atmosphere complete with a coffee and juice bar for drinks. Kids can be entertained in a waiting room turned play area with toys and games. They can even watch movies!

They see to it that they do not only look out for their patients’ teeth and mouth but care for their whole body and well being. This means they do holistic treatments free from fluoride and mercury.

In addition to holistic treatments, they offer sedation dentistry as well.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry makes use of sedative drugs in the form of tranquilizers, anti-anxiety medications, IV drugs and nitrous oxide to put a patient in deep sleep during dental treatments. Everything from crowns, fillings, root canals, teeth extraction and even tooth cleanings are done while a patient is asleep! This can help patients overcome their fears and get procedures done faster.

IV Sedation

A combination of a sedative and narcotic drug is administered intravenously (through an IV line). Do not worry – this is safe and its effectiveness will even let you look forward to working with your dentist again!

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly known as laughing gas, this is commonly used in pediatric dentistry to keep children still. The advantage of using nitrous oxide is that since you inhale it, its effect is immediately reversed once you stop inhaling. You can return home or go to work without side effects. Yes – you can even drive!

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is the most popular form of sedation technique used in dentistry. It combines nitrous oxide with a pill that works like Valium. This combination makes a patient drowsy and helps them forget what happened during a procedure.

A licensed dentist like Dr. Reese of the Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry can administer a sedative through intravenous injection. You can discuss with him what sedation technique would work best for you and he will be able to guide you on what would be the method that you will be most comfortable in. Call to schedule a consultation at 317-882-0228.