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  • Writer's pictureBen Tindal, DMD, MS

Common Sedation Q&A with Dr. Ben Tindal | Sarasota, FL

Will I Be Asleep with Sedation Dentistry?

No, you will still be fully conscious. You will remain awake, but in such a state of powerful relaxation that you likely won’t be very aware of your surroundings. However, you’ll still be able to respond to our requests (such as “open wider”) throughout your procedure.


Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes, dental sedation is perfectly safe, especially when administered by a trained professional like Dr. Tindal. Your safety is always our number one priority. During your procedure, we can adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide as needed to make sure you’re fully relaxed and safe.

Before your appointment, we can go over your medical history as well as your current medications to ensure that the sedative will not cause any negative interactions. If you are not a good candidate for sedation, we can discuss other options of making you more comfortable during your appointment.


Will I Remember Anything from My Procedure?

With nitrous oxide, your memory of your procedure will most likely be fuzzy or fragmented. This makes sedation ideal for patients who have had negative experiences at dentist’s offices in the past; they can just breathe in the nitrous oxide and suddenly the procedure is over!


Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

While sedation dentistry is most often used for patients who suffer from dental anxiety, it can also be used in a variety of other situations. Dr. Tindal may recommend sedation for patients who:

  • Have an overactive gag reflex

  • Are afraid of needles

  • Have sensitive teeth or gums

  • Can’t handle the sights, sounds, or smells of a dental office

  • Require a complex treatment or multiple procedures in one appointment

  • Have difficulties sitting still or keeping their mouth open for a prolonged period of time

  • Have certain mental or physical impairments that make getting dental work difficult

To learn more about sedation and how it can help at your next appointment, give us a call today!

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