Sedation dentistry is a method of treatment in which Dr. Ebrahimi administers various medications to the patient before and/or during treatment. The purpose of these medications is to relax the patient and alleviate anxiety.
Sedation dentistry may be beneficial to any patient who is afraid of dental treatment because of the sounds, smells, pain, or needles. Some patients may also opt for sedation dentistry if they’ve had bad experiences with dentists in the past. In addition, sedation dentistry may be beneficial for patients who need extensive treatment and don’t want to schedule multiple appointments.
Dr. Ebrahimi can use a variety of medications to sedate patients during dental treatment. For example, she may offer oral medications to the patient before the dental appointment to help them relax and feel less anxious. She may also use nitrous oxide during the appointment to place the patient in a state of conscious sedation. In cases where deeper sedation is necessary, Dr. Ebrahimi may administer medication through an IV.
Patients will feel differently after sedation depending on the type of medication used. Many patients report feeling groggy, and most patients have little to no memory of the procedure after the sedation wears off.
Because sedation can affect the patient’s alertness before and after treatment, most patients undergoing sedation dentistry will need a responsible adult to drive them to and from the procedure.
Most patients will be able to return to work as soon as the day after the procedure. If patients may need extra time off work, Dr. Ebrahimi will make them aware of the possibility before they schedule treatment.
The risks associated with sedation dentistry are minimal when the patient is in the hands of an experienced professional. Dr. Ebrahimi has considerable experience with sedation dentistry, and she will take steps to make sure the procedure is as safe as possible.
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