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Sedation Dentistry: Will I remember anything?

Sedation Dentistry: Will I remember anything?

Dr. Steven A. Koos Choosing a sedation dentist in Chicago Illinois can remove much of the tension and apprehension experienced by many dental patients. While sedation dentistry is not a substitute for a talented, experienced and caring oral and maxillofacial surgeon, it can certainly make any procedure more relaxing.

Depending upon the type of sedation and the level of sedation that you receive, it is possible that you will have little or no memory of the procedure.   Aside from general anesthesia, which most patients choose, most other forms of sedation can be highly effective at promoting a deep level of relaxation. During your initial consultation and health history review, the appropriate form of sedation will be recommended for you. When nitrous oxide, along with intravenous sedation is administered, patients find themselves so relaxed that they indeed fall asleep.   Imagine that, taking a restful nap while having procedures carried out in your mouth!

Whether you are asleep or awake during your scheduled procedure, it is common to remember very little about your dental visit. You may drift in and out of sleep or simply not feel inclined to pay attention during the treatment. There are a host of other advantages to sedation dentistry:

  • Greater degree of relaxation and comfort
  • Subdued gag reflex
  • Ability to tolerate longer or more complex dental visits
  • Reduced restlessness during procedures
  • Safe, fast onset
  • Can be customized according to individual needs
  • Elimination of stress, anxiety and fear

In light of the fact that most patients have little or no memory of their dental procedure, your sedation dentist in downtown Chicago will review the details of the visit prior to administering any medication. All treatment recommendations, alternatives, and risks will be thoroughly reviewed. Written and detailed instructions will also be provided to you or a responsible adult companion.

Today, there are a number of sedative options that can make oral surgery procedures virtually painless. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are the only specialists to receive extensive training in all aspects of anesthesia administration. As surgical specialists in the dental field, their level of expertise enables them to select the option that is best for you. For a detailed professional consultation regarding sedation dentistry, call the downtown Chicago office of Drs. Steven Koos and Brian Shah at 312-328-9000 for your appointment today.


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