Sedation Dentistry – Pensacola, FL

Helping Frightened Patients Relax

Millions of Americans confront dental anxiety on a regular basis. Sometimes these fears are relatively mild, but at other times they can be so severe that they actively discourage patients from getting the care they need. Since avoiding your regular checkups or important restorative appointments can put your smile at risk, we encourage you to ask about our options for sedation dentistry in Pensacola, FL the next time you call Patriot Dental to set up an appointment with Dr. Lisonbee or Dr. Henry.

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Why Choose Patriot Dental
for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Caring Team That Connects with Patients
  • An Experienced and Gentle Dentist
  • Warm, Welcoming Dental Environment

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

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Oral conscious sedation is suitable for those with mild to moderate dental anxiety or those who are expecting an unusually lengthy appointment. You will take some prescribed medication before your appointment; by the time it takes effect, you will still be conscious enough to follow verbal commands and answer questions, but you’ll also be in a deep state of relaxation. If you do happen to drift off, we’ll be able to wake you up easily.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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If you’ve been struggling with a fear of the dentist, then sedation dentistry could be just the thing you need to enjoy stress-free dental visits. With that being said, you probably still have some questions about how the process works and what to expect, and our team at Patriot Dental is here to help! To set your mind at ease ahead of your appointment, we’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about sedation dentistry in Pensacola. Feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more!

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

When administered by a trained professional like Dr. Lisonbee or Dr. Henry, dental sedation is completely safe. The medications that we provide have been extensively researched and proven to be both safe and effective, and the dosage you receive will be 100% personalized to suit your specific needs. Additionally, our dentists will review your medical history before scheduling you for sedation; that way, we can be sure that it’s a healthy choice for you.

Will I Remember Anything with Dental Sedation?

As the name suggests, you should remain awake with oral conscious sedation (if you briefly nod off, our team can gently rouse you). However, you’re unlikely to have a clear memory of your procedure. This amnesiac effect makes sedation an ideal choice for patients with extreme dental phobia or those who have suffered from negative past experiences at the dentist’s office.

How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?

The effects of oral conscious sedation are likely to linger long after we’ve finished with your treatment. Therefore, you’ll need a friend or family member to transport you to and from our office. Just to be on the safe side, you should also arrange for them (or another person you trust) to keep an eye on you for the remainder of the day. Avoid operating heavy machinery (which includes driving) for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Will I Feel Any Pain with Dental Sedation?

Although oral conscious sedation doesn’t “put you to sleep,” it does suppress your body’s ability to register discomfort and pain. Moreover, our dentists will probably administer local anesthetic in addition to sedation (depending on the procedure), which numbs your mouth. As a result, your chances of experiencing pain while being sedated are slim to none.

Is Sedation Dentistry Worth It?

If dental anxiety or fear has kept you from getting the care you need, then yes – sedation is definitely worth it. It gives you a much easier time making your smile healthy. Even if you’re worried about the potential cost of dental sedation, consider this: avoiding necessary dental care could cause the issue to worsen over time. After all, damaged or infected teeth cannot heal themselves. Seeking treatment with sedation now could potentially save you a great deal of money down the road.