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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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At Clarkson Dental Group, we believe that the better informed our patients are, the better they can make good decisions about their oral health.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Sedation Dentistry

IV Moderate Sedation (a.k.a. Conscious or Twilight Sedation) allows you to be in a relaxed state during its administration. Since we can ensure your complete comfort and relaxation, it common our patients will experience periods of sleep during their dental procedure. More importantly, most of our patients report almost complete amnesia (do not remember the dental procedure(s)) during their IV Moderate Sedation administration.

Yes. Dentists and their staffs who have completed the State Dental Board approved education, annual testing, maintain stringent patient and facility care protocols, and obtained all necessary permits, site certificates, and inspections may safely administer IV sedation in their dental office.

Our office administers IV Moderate Sedation, also called Conscious or Twilight Sedation, allow us to carefully maintain a relaxed state during the patient’s dental treatment. Due to the patient’s comfort, it is common to fall asleep during this type of anesthesia administration. Many of our patients remember nothing at all and report not feeling anything during their procedure.

The effects of the IV Sedative medications can last up to the remainder of your surgery day. It is advised to take it easy for the first 24 hours after your sedation appointment.

The immediate effect of the IV Moderate Sedation drugs will wear off in the first several hours after your sedation appointment. We advise our patients to allow for 24 hours to fully recover from the anesthesia.

Approximately 75% of adults experience some form of anxiety in relation to obtaining dental care. You are not alone and should not be embarrassed. Open communication with our office regarding your anxiety will allow us to create a custom care plan that allows you to obtain the treatment you deserve with your comfort and safety in mind.

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