What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Are you dreading that six-month cleaning? Do you have a nerve-wracking procedure coming up? Sedation Therapy is growing in popularity amongst dentists to help you feel comfortable and relaxed when sitting in a chair. The dentist’s office should not be scary, especially if you only come in twice a year. 


What is Sedation Dentistry? 

Sedation Therapy is a conscious sedative that makes patients feel more relaxed and calm when undergoing a dental cleaning or procedure. The therapy can be used for long, short, and more involved procedures. While in a sedated state, patients are fully conscious, responsive, breathing independently, and aware of their surroundings. Conscious sedation sets Vassey Dental Partners apart from other dental practices in the area. Our customers are fond of their experiences and continue returning for relaxed visits. “My goal eventually is to earn the patient’s trust enough that they don’t even need the sedation anymore, that they feel like us without the additive conscious sedation can be still beneficial for them, or we can transition them out of needing it,” said Dr. Amish Naik.

Vassey Dental Partners offers two ways to administer sedative therapy: intravenous and oral. 



-Administered by needle

-Fast acting

-Dosage wears off quickly

-Dentists can regulate the dose

-Patients can dictate the degree of dose



-Administered by mouth

-Universal dose

-Dentists cannot regulate the dose

-Effects differ between patients

-Can administer in tandem with IV


How often do patients request sedative therapy?

Since Vassey Dental Partners markets itself as dentistry that offers conscious sedation therapy, we use the medication at least once daily. Patients seek a way to make the dentist more enjoyable or even tolerate going to the dentist in the first place. The patients who request therapy typically suffer from anxiety. We use sedative therapy in general dentistry and procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal and fillings.


What do you need to know before signing the waiver?

If you request the sedative, it is crucial to prepare. The most important thing to note is that patients cannot eat or drink anything for eight hours before administering the sedative. Patients must also have someone in the waiting room during their visit. At any time during the procedure, we invite patients to raise their right hand if they are in pain to communicate with the dentist indirectly. Vassey Dental Partners also has a reversal agent that can pull the patient out of sedation as quickly as possible if the procedure is abruptly stopped or the patient reacts negatively. When coming out of sedation, patients will have complete amnesia. This will leave them feeling groggy or loppy. Another positive of conscious sedation compared to general anesthesia is that it is not as invasive on the body. Many patients that get sick from anesthesia do not react to sedative therapy. 


When is sedative therapy not suitable for a patient?

There are a few instances when conscious sedation therapy is unsuitable for patients. The first is if they react to certain medications used during the procedure to ensure the sedative is successful. The second is if the patient is terrified to the point they cannot fathom being in the patient’s chair. Since the patient is still conscious during the procedures, the sedative effect may not be strong enough to gain complete relaxation. Lastly, we typically do not administer the therapy to those with physical disabilities or anything that would make them uncomfortable in the chair. The consciousness would still create a sense of discomfort. We recommend these patients visit dentists that can administer general anesthesia. 


If you are looking for a dentist that provides conscious sedation therapy, look no further than Vassey Dental Partners. Give our office a call, and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.