Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentist, Dr. Gary Alhadef, believes in making his patients as comfortable as possible while he performs any one of the numerous cosmetic dental procedures he offers them. For this reason, Dr. Alhadef practices sedation dentistry and is able to make your visit to his office a comfortable and even pleasant experience.

Seeing a dentist regularly is one of the best ways to preserve the health of your teeth and to prevent future, more extensive and invasive dental procedures. The thought of going to the dentist creates a great deal of anxiety in some patients, and some people are so afraid of going to a dentist that they simply never go, which only causes their dental problems to get worse over time.

However, there is a fairly new area of cosmetic dentistry that has made going to the dentist a much more tolerable experience for the millions of people who have avoided the dentist for years, perhaps even decades. Sedation dentistry just may be the answer you’ve been looking for to alleviate the fear and anxiety you experience just thinking about sitting in your dentist’s chair.

Who May Benefit from Sedation Dentistry

  • Patients who fear needles
  • Patients who have difficulty becoming numb after Novocain
  • Patients requiring multiple dental procedures
  • Patients who have had bad past experiences at the dentist
  • Patients that have a strong gag reflex
  • Patients suffering from other physical disabilities

Types of Sedation

There are many different types of medications that Dr. Alhadef uses to sedate his patients. Many patients assume sedation dentistry means they will be asleep during the procedure; usually that is not the case. Some the most commonly used drugs to sedate patients are triazolam, diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), zaleplon (Sonata), and hydroxyzine (Vistaril). All of these medications have been proven to be safe and effective. Since all of these drugs work in different ways and last for different amounts of time, Dr. Alhadef will discuss the differences with you and will decide which drug is most appropriate for the dental work you are having done that day.

Some of these medications make the patient drowsy enough that he/she will sleep through the procedure. For obvious reasons, we ask that you have someone with you to drive you home after your procedure.

Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, but for those who have been avoiding getting their teeth fixed due to fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry is the solution they’ve been looking for.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a technique that alters your central nervous system using sedative drugs to produce a calm and relaxed feeling during dental procedures.

What sedatives will I be given?

Sleep dentist Dr. Alhadef will discuss the options with you in detail, and, depending on your procedure and any previous experience you may have had with any given drug, he will select one appropriate to you. Drugs commonly used for sedation dentistry include triazolam, diazepam (trade name Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), zaleoplon (Sonata), and hydroxyzine (Vistaril).

Will I be asleep during sedation?

There is often the misconception that you will be asleep during sedation dentistry. This is not always true. Dr. Alhadef uses different drugs to sedate patients—some will make you drowsy enough that you fall asleep; others will merely calm you to help control your anxiety.

Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

If you have any of the following, sedation dentistry could be right for you:

  • Fear of dental treatment
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Unusually sensitive teeth
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Limited time to get your dental care completed
  • Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
  • In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
  • Often schedule, and then cancel dental appointments
Will I remember my treatment?

One attractive benefit of this medication is amnesia. You will remember very little of the procedure, or nothing at all depending on how your body reacts. This is an appealing characteristic for someone who has a strong fear of dental work and anxiety about visiting the dentist.

Are there any side effects?

You will probably feel drowsy the day after your appointment. Some people will experience nausea, but that is mostly because they haven’t eaten. After drinking fluids and eating some food, most people feel back to normal. You shouldn’t drive until 24 hours after your appointment. We require someone drive you home after your sedation dentistry treatment.

Our Dental Team will Take Care of Smile

If you would like to learn more about how sleep dentist, Dr. Alhadef, uses sedation dentistry in his practice, please contact Dr. Alhadef’s studio today to schedule your free sleep dentistry consultation. 

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