For some people the thought of undergoing even a routine dental procedure can be overwhelming. Often times people will forget the treatment they desperately need to avoid the intense anxiety associated with the dentists office. At Michael F. Tillery DDS & Associates we believe that your fears should never hinder your ability to receive the care you need.
Michael F. Tillery DDS & Associates offers two types of sedation dentistry: Oral and Intravenous (IV). Oral sedation works wonders for a large number of patients, however there are those people who's fear of the dentist is so overwhelming that this alternative is not enough to calm their nerves. For these patients Dr. Tillery provides the option of Dental Intravenous Anesthesia for their dental treatment. This option is also used for those people undergoing slightly more invasive anxiety ridden procedures such as root canals and fillings.
The process is quite simple. It begins with the administration of a mild anti-anxiety medication through the use of an IV. It is important to note that you will not actually be put to sleep. Instead, you will remain conscious and be able to understand and respond to your dentist. However, you will be in a deep state of relaxation and feel like you are drifting in and out of sleep. Our physicians are extensively trained and will monitor you throughout the visit. When the procedure is finished you are given plenty of time to return to normal. You will not be sent home until you feel ready. You will need to have someone drive you home after the visit and will need to spend the rest of the day taking it easy. The next day, however you will feel one hundred percent and the best thing is you wont have much recollection of the procedure you underwent.
We have successfully performed both routine check ups and more invasive procedures with the use of oral sedation. Our patients have expressed their satisfaction with the process and their gratitude for offering a relaxing alternative. The introduction of sedation dentistry has allowed patients who have avoided the dentist for years to receive the oral care they need.