Frequently Asked Questions

General:

Will I feel any pain?
No. You will feel nothing! 90% of our patients have little or no recollection of the time from when they came to our office to when they walk out.

Is it still necessary to be numbed with local anesthetic? Will my dentist numb my gums before or after I’m sedated?
The drugs which are usually used for IV sedation are not painkillers, but anti-anxiety drugs. While they relax you and make you forget what happens, you will still need to be numbed. You will not be numbed until the IV sedation has fully kicked in. If you have a phobia of needles, you will probably be relaxed enough not to care by this stage.

Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone!

How long will I be snoozing?
Depending on your needs, from two to four hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.

Will my insurance cover treatment?
We’ll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements to insure you get the dental care you need.

What are the “pros” of IV conscious sedation?
Eliminates negative memories of the dental procedure.
Dosage will be exactly measured for each patient
Sedation is deeper than oral (Valium) or inhalation (laughing gas) sedatives.
Gag reflex is diminished.
Great for those with dental or needle phobias