Sedation Dentistry

Does going to the dentist make you or a loved one nervous, anxious or fearful? Are you in need of professional dental care but are apprehensive to make an appointment? Dr. John Rubin, Dr. Jim Tate, and their staff have a solution that will work for you! Our office offers a variety of sedation options for patients to choose from.

Our staff’s top priority is to keep our patients smiling bright by enjoying their time in our office. For those patients that need a little help relaxing while in our office we offer a variety of sedation methods.  Dr. John Rubin has been practicing sedation dentistry for many years and is a member of the DOCS, or the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Jim Tate received postgraduate clinical training in both IV Sedation as well as oral surgery. Before your treatment, Dr. Rubin or Dr. Tate will review your medical history and explain how sedation dentistry can work best for you.

What types of sedation are offered?

We offer different levels of sedation based on the needs of the patient as well as the procedures that need to be performed.

IV Sedation– With our deepest level of sedation, you will not remember the appointment at all. You will wake up with a beautiful smile without remembering the procedure. The effects of this sedation do take a while to wear off, so the patient will need to be accompanied the rest of the day.

Oral Medication– Dr. Rubin or Dr. Tate can prescribe a medication for a patient to take before coming to the office for an appointment. This medication, such as valium, will be taken an hour to a half hour prior to the patient coming into our office. This will allow the patient to be comfortable and relaxed while they are in our office.

Nitrous Oxide*– Also known as ‘laughing gas’, this gas is innocuous, sweet-smelling, and free of color.  This type of sedation will minimize or eliminate mild anxiety while a patient is in our office. Nitrous Oxide is fast acting, hangover free, and eliminates the gag reflex. We offer Free Nitrous Oxide to qualifying sedation  patients to ensure that they are comfortable while any procedure is performed. Click here for more details.

 

Will I still feel the procedure while I am sedated?

 

Most patients do not feel anything while they are sedated. Our patients tend to wake up relaxed with no recollection of the procedure that just occurred.

 

Is sedation safe?

 

Yes, sedation dentistry is absolutely safe. It is regulated by the government and is very similar to sedation received during other common outpatient procedures. Many of our current patients also experience some sort of phobia involved with going to the dentist, and we are able to assist them, just like we can assist you.

 

Can I drive myself to the appointment?

 

Depending on how much sedation a patient is receiving, they may need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Our staff will consult with the patient on how to prepare for receiving the sedation.

 

How do I know if I am a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

 

The best candidates for sleep dentistry are those patients who have high fear of the dentist or who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past. Those with bad gag reflex, sensitive teeth, and those who do not like shots or needles, or the sights and smells of a dentistry office also do well with sedation dentistry.

 

Contact our office today if you believe sedation dentistry can help you achieve all of your dental and oral health care goals.