Dental Sedation: Stuff You Keep Hearing

You keep hearing things from friends and family members about dental sedation. Some of it, you’re not so sure about. Since you’re planning on receiving sedation for your upcoming visit with us, you’d really like to get to the bottom of all of this “stuff.” Remember that we always advise you to check in with us when you have questions, particularly if you’re feeling concerned. We will not judge you for asking questions that feel silly or embarrassing! There are lots of rumors out there and, of course, we would much prefer you have the factual information from us as we proceed with repairing your smile.

Questions and Answers

Question: A friend of mine keeps insisting that if I receive oral sedation or IV sedation, I will be sleeping. She says she doesn’t remember her experience, so she’s sure it’s an unconscious form of a sedative. Is this true?

Answer: While we cannot speak to what your friend received, we can clarify: Oral sedation and IV sedation may cause something we refer to as an “amnesic” effect. Though you’re conscious the whole time you’re receiving dental sedation, you might not remember the experience. As a result, you believe that you slept.

Question: A relative tells me that dental sedation is something that dentists should not be administering. Should I be worried?

Answer: You should not be worried. Remember that we are a team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons (who are trained in administering anesthesia) and we may also have an anesthesiologist on hand. Receiving sedation with us is safe.

Question: A friend told me that her oral surgeon chose her form of sedation for her and she felt she didn’t really know what was going on. This worries me.

Answer: We remind you that you are included every step of the way in your treatments and visits. We will discuss and explain your dental sedation options, select one with you, and guide you through your procedures with us.

Ask Us About Dental Sedation

If you have questions about sedation, we are always happy to receive your questions and to furnish you with explanations. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.