Sedation Dentistry

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Birmingham, Alabama dental sedation

If you have fears of going to the dentist, have extremely sensitive teeth or don’t react well to normal numbing medications, sedation dentistry may be for you. Sedation or sleep dentistry places the patient into conscious sedation, allowing you to remain relatively conscious but to become drowsy, relaxed and almost in a sleep-like state. Our caring staff wants any, in the Mountain Brook area, to have a great, relaxing dental experience. So plan ahead, do a smile analysis, choose your procedures and finish with a fantastic smile.

Helpful sedation dentistry info and FAQs:

How does sedation dentistry work?

Sedation dentistry is a great way to receive overdue dental work or even multiple dental procedures, from dental implants to laser dentistry. You take a pill provided by Dr. Koch about an hour prior to your appointment. You will need someone to bring you to your appointment where you will be monitored throughout your visit. During the time you are under conscious sedation, you will feel completely relaxed; though conscious, you will be unaware of the actual dental procedures taking place. After your procedure is complete you will need someone to drive you back home where you can spend the rest of your day relaxing with your new smile as the dental sedation wears off. With conscious sedation, most patients don’t even remember the procedures when the dental sedation wears off.

Am I a good candidate if I have a fear of the dentist?

With sedation dentistry, anxiety is a non-issue as you will be completely relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. Most patients hardly remember the procedure by the time the dental sedation wears off.

Am I a good candidate if I have jaw pain or TMJ?

If you suffer from acute or chronic jaw soreness, we can treat you. Dental sedation also has a muscle relaxing property, allowing several hours of comfort during treatment in our office close to the Mountain Brook area.

Am I a good candidate if I have a strong gag reflex?

Even though you are conscious during the procedure, you are completely relaxed and mostly unaware of what is happening in and around your mouth. No more fear of embarrassment due to an overactive gag reflex at Dr. Koch’s Birmingham office.

Am I a good candidate if I have physical limitations?

If you have physical limitations such as back or neck problems, we can treat you. With dental sedation you can now sit comfortably in the chair for extended periods. Most patients with neck and back problems report little or no post-operative back or neck soreness.

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