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Sedation Dentistry

Tooth Corps

Gary M Gwilt, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Peoria, AZ

Fear and anxiety surrounding a trip to the dentist can keep you out of the dental chair for years. If anything from a simple cleaning to a full-fledged root canal makes you quiver, general and cosmetic dentist Gary Gwilt, DMD, can help. At Tooth Corps in Peoria, Arizona, Dr. Gwilt and his team work to ease your anxiety with sedation dentistry. To learn more about sedation dentistry and discuss using it for your next visit to the dentist, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a dental technique that focuses on keeping you at ease during your procedure. Even with a comfortable dentists’ chair and friendly staff members on hand, many of the sounds and sensations of dental work can make the whole experience of going to the dentist seem unpleasant or nerve-racking. Sedation dentistry helps you relax and calm your mind about your procedure.

At Tooth Corps, Dr. Gwilt provides several modes of sedation to help patients who need extensive dental work or patients who are apprehensive about dentistry of all kinds. In addition, he enables you to review your choices before the date of your procedure so you can come in feeling confident and ready to improve your smile.

What can I expect during sedation dentistry?

At Tooth Corps, Dr. Gwilt and his team have experience offering IV sedation dentistry for patients with various dental needs. Sedation allows you to stay awake during your procedure, but you won’t be fully aware of what’s happening around you.

Once the effects wear off, you may have only a vague recollection of your dental work. Because you may feel groggy, you must stay at the office for a short time while returning to your normal state of mind. It’s essential that you don’t drive yourself home afterward. The effects of your anesthesia may linger, and you will likely need to rest for the remainder of the day.

How should I prepare for sedation dentistry?

Once Dr. Gwilt determines that you’re a candidate for sedation during your next dental visit, he gives you specific instructions to follow in preparation for your sedation. They might include:

  • Not eating for eight hours prior
  • Not drinking anything for eight hours prior
  • Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours
  • Avoiding drinking water for two hours prior
  • Not wearing heeled shoes to your appointment
  • Arranging a ride to and from the office

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming IV sedation and would like to know more about what you can expect, Dr. Gwilt can answer them before the date of your procedure.

To learn more about sedation dentistry and to find out if it’s available for your upcoming procedure, call Tooth Corps or request a consultation online today.