FAQs

Does Sedation Dentistry Put You to Sleep?

We hear many patients in Birmingham say, “What is sedation dentistry?” Sedation dentistry is meant to allow patients to be in a relaxed and comfortable state while dental care is provided. Sleep is not the goal of dental sedation. There are some patients that become so relaxed that they fall asleep; however, this is not the intended goal of dental sedation. Dental sedation is intended to calm your body and put you at ease during your visit — helping you overcome any degree of dental phobia.

Why is Sedation Dentistry Popular?

There are many reasons that a person in the Birmingham, Mountain Brook or surrounding area may choose sedation dentistry including an overactive gag reflex, super sensitive teeth or simply a high level of dental phobia. Also, if a person is hesitant to visit the dentist due to a feeling that they will experience excessive pain, dental sedation will help resolve those concerns.

Can You Drive After Dental Sedation?

If you are given nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, you will likely be okay to drive; however, it is a good idea to have a backup plan if this is not the case. If you have oral dental sedation administered you will not be able to drive home after your procedure. The effects of this sedation can last several hours and cause you to feel drowsy, making it unsafe to operate a vehicle.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Absolutely yes. The sedation dentistry methods that are used are completely safe. Also, you are monitored the entire time by Dr. Koch and his team near Mountain Brook to ensure that you are not in any type of medical danger.

Is Dental Phobia Real?

Ask anyone who experiences dental phobia if their fear of the dentist is real and you may just see it flash in their eyes. You yourself may experience dental phobia but did not know it had a name. If you freeze or tense up when thinking about visiting the dentist in Mountain Brook, that’s a strong indicator you suffer from dental phobia and should visit our office in Birmingham. Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear of the dentist and get the care you need.