John Fasbinder, DDS
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For Patients

What is Sedation Dentistry?

It has become very popular for dental practices to market the terms sedation and sleep dentistry. Sedation or sleep dentistry have different meanings to dentists and patients.

Most patients do not know that there are different levels of training that dentists are legally required to obtain in order to provide basic to advanced levels of sedation and anesthesia. Dentists can provide oral sedation (pills), conscious sedation (intravenous medications), or general anesthesia (true sleep) provided they are properly trained and licensed.

Only a few select dentists in this country are advanced trained and licensed to provide complete anesthesia. Our patients will not respond or recall even the most noxious procedures.

ORAL SEDATION

Most dentists that only provide oral sedation, advertise sedation with just a single pill. These oral medications are only effective in individuals that are mildly anxious. Very anxious or phobic patients never achieve their desired level of comfort. Oral sedation can actually make an anxious patient more uncooperative.

Contrary to advertised claims, patients are NOT ASLEEP with oral sedation. For a patient to be asleep with oral sedation, they must be overdosed! This places them at risk, especially since only minimal patient monitoring is present or utilized in offices that advertise oral sedation.

A dentist need only attend a weekend course to be able to provide oral sedation in their practice.

SEDATION

A few dentists are trained to provide IV, or intravenous sedation for their patients. IV sedation can provide a much better patient experience because medications are administered directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line. Despite claims that a patient will be asleep, they are legally required to remain conscious. Patients must realize that they will be relaxed but not asleep.
Dentists are only required to complete 60 hours of training, pass a test, and pass an on site inspection to receive a permit.

GENERAL ANESTHESIA

This is the only anesthetic state where the patient can be considered COMPLETELY ASLEEP. Throughout the nation, only a very small number of dentists have residency training, knowledge, and a license to provide patients with general anesthesia. Medications can be administered intravenously or through gases inhalational agents. Patients are asleep, amnesic and stress free during procedures. Imagine having a root canal and you never feel, hear or remember anything!

Dentists must complete a residency in anesthesiology and pass periodic on site inspections to receive a permit to administer general anesthesia.

Dr. Fasbinder can provide all of above anesthetic modalities, depending on your INDIVIDUAL needs. As an experienced dentist anesthesiologist; we will help you decide which level is best for you.

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COMMON QUESTIONS

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?
No. You will feel nothing!

Can I wake up in the middle of a procedure?
This idea makes for a Hollywood movie script, but patients can not just wake up without it being intended.

Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are continuously monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

How long can I be asleep?
On average, our cases last two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to and from our office.

Who Is a Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

People who have:

- fear of dentistry
- had traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- a bad gag reflex
- very sensitive teeth
- limited time to complete their dental care
- complex dental problems

People who:

- hate needles and shots!
- hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth
- just want to be comfortable during their dental procedure