Do you avoid going to the dentist out of fear, or maybe even just time constraints? Dr. Victor R. Siegel in Rockville, Maryland has the answer for you-dentistry under conscious sedation, also known as “sleep” dentistry.
How does it work?
After an initial consultation in which Dr. Siegel determines your treatment plan and eligibility for conscious sedation dentistry, you will be scheduled for your appointment and given your medication. The medicine used in conscious sedation dentistry is Triazolam, which has almost no side effects and has been prescribed by doctors millions of times per year.
The Triazolam pill is taken one hour before your appointment time, and then you will have someone drive you to Dr. Siegel’s Rockville, Maryland office to begin your treatment, which can be for a simple cleaning or more extensive dental work.
What are the benefits?
Most dental patients undergoing conscious sedation dentistry have delayed treatment due to a fear of having the treatment done, however some patients have simply not been able to find the time to schedule appointments for multiple procedures. Conscious sedation dentistry is beneficial in both situations and offers the following advantages over standard dental appointments:
· More treatment can be done in less time, resulting in less visits
· Anesthetic effect is enhanced
· Most patients remember little, if anything, of their visit, which helps alleviate dental fear
· Joint and muscle soreness is decreased
· Gagging is decreased
Will I really fall asleep?
The medication has different effects on people, so if you arrive for your appointment and have not reached a level of relaxation that you are comfortable with, Dr. Siegel will administer additional medication until you are ready for your “sleep” dentistry. Although it has been called “sleep” dentistry because most patients do fall asleep, it is really conscious sedation because you will still be able to respond to verbal commands from Dr. Siegel.
At the end of your appointment, the effects of the medication can remain in your body throughout the day. As a result, it is necessary to have someone drive you home and stay with throughout the night-even if you think you feel fine, the medication’s effects can linger. No driving, no working, no exercising, nothing!
Will I be safe?
During the dental procedure, Dr. Siegel and his staff will constantly monitor the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure. The patient will never be left alone. Triazolam, the medication used to induce conscious sedation, has been proven to be extremely safe, however Dr. Siegel also keeps a reversal agent in the office in case of an emergency.
Dr. Siegel has used conscious sedation dentistry to help many patients over the years achieve healthy smiles. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, please contact us at our Rockville, Maryland office today.