Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation and Dentistry with Dr Kevin Granger.

  • What is oral conscious sedation?
  • Is oral sedation safe for everyone?
  • Is oral sedation appropriate for children and pregnant women? 
  • Can I go back to work after my appointment?
  • How many years has Dr. Granger practiced oral sedation?
  • Will I have a bad memory of all this dental work?
  • Am I asleep during the entire procedure?
  • How long will I be sedated?
  • What types of sedation is offered by the practice and what level of dental sedation can I expect?

Questions and Answers about Sedation and Dentistry

Q. What is oral conscious sedation?

A. Oral conscious sedation allows people to undergo all types of dental treatment while in a totally relaxed and comfortable state. This is achieved by use of oral pills and nitrous oxide gas. While the patient is deeply relaxed they are never asleep or unconscious. This is contrasted to IV sedation where the patient has IV medications injected in them. There are no IV needles used in conscious oral sedation.

Q. Is oral sedation safe for everyone?

A. Your dentist needs to do a complete medical and dental evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for oral sedation. A pharmacological and physiological evaluation will determine your candidacy in the initial consultation.

Q. Is oral sedation appropriate for children and pregnant women? 

A. Dr. Granger has chosen not to utilize oral sedation with children or pregnant and nursing women.

Q. Can I go back to work after my appointment?

A. No. We require a trusted friend and or family member drive you home and watch you for a certain amount of time. You cannot take a taxi home. Remember, while you may feel great after the appointment you are still under the effects of the medication. You cannot operate a motor vehicle or any dangerous machinery and you should avoid carrying out tasks that require manual co-ordination such as climbing stairs, exercising etc.

Q. How many years has Dr. Granger practiced oral sedation?

A.  Dr Granger, DDS has been practicing oral conscious sedation since 2002.

Q. Will I have a bad memory of all this dental work?

A. No. You'll feel completely relaxed and afterwards you will have little or no memory of the procedure! It’s why patients with high dental anxiety or with a severe gag reflex opt for oral sedation.

Q. Am I asleep during the entire procedure?

A. No. Oral sedation dentistry is sometimes called sleep dentistry, which is a misnomer.  The patient is awake at all times, drowsy but comfortable.  They are totally co-operative for the dentist, which allows the dentist to accomplish his work in an efficient manner.

Q. How long will I be sedated?

A. The dentist will choose your oral medication based on the amount of work he intends to accomplish and the length of time he estimates this will take. One of the great advantages of oral sedation is the patient will have no concept of the length of time they are in the dental chair. Therefore, a longer appointment can be scheduled to accomplish greater amounts of work in fewer appointments. This is a more efficient and less time consuming way of doing dental work.

Q. What types of sedation is offered by the practice and what level of dental sedation can you expect?

A. Dr Granger, DDS only uses oral medication and nitrous oxide.  He chooses not to offer IV sedatives but should they be required he can refer you to an appropriate dental surgery.