Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry
How does conscious sedation differ from general anesthesia?
While under general anesthesia, patients are rendered unconscious, as is common in a hospital setting during major surgery. Under sedation, patients are awake but in a deep state of relaxation, allowing them to experience dental treatment with no anxiety.
Is sedation dentistry risky?
Sedation dentistry is extremely safe. We always monitor our patients throughout treatment using hospital-grade equipment that tracks blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. Additionally, a staff member is always there to ensure your comfort and safety.
How long will I be under sedation?
Most sedation dentistry patients remain under sedation for one to two hours. The amount of time you will be under sedation depends on the number and type of treatments you are receiving.
What types of procedures can be performed using sedation dentistry?
We can complete many treatments, including porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and dental implants, all while you are resting comfortably.
How can I learn more about sedation dentistry?
To find out more about sleep dentistry, contact Merit Dental. Our practice offers sedation dentistry to patients in the Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek-area.