Sedation Dentistry Specialist

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA -  - Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry

John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA

Cosmetic Dentistry, Reconstructive Dentistry & Emergency Dentistry located in West Palm Beach, FL

It’s understandable you feel nervous about dental visits, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from making sure your teeth are taken care of. If you struggle with anxiety over dental visits, sedation dentistry can help you stay calm. At the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, you can have oral conscious sedation done to ease your anxiety. Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Joel Baez offer this type of sedation dentistry for patients in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry provides you with a way to feel comfortable and relaxed during dental visits instead of anxious. This makes it possible for Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez to get more work done in one visit, which means you’re less likely to have to come in for multiple visits. You’re also more likely to come in for routine cleanings and other dental care, which lowers your risk of needing dental work done for serious problems. Keep in mind that sedation dentistry has few side effects, making it a safe option if you fear dental visits.

Does sedation dentistry involve needles?

Some types of sedation dentistry do use needles, but Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez use a different kind of sedation. At the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, you’ll undergo oral conscious sedation, which involves the use of oral medication instead of IVs or needles. Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez will have you take oral medication before your appointment to dull your senses so that you won’t feel any discomfort or anxiety during treatment.

Will I be aware of what’s going on?

When you undergo oral conscious sedation, you won’t fall asleep or lose consciousness. Although you’ll be awake during your visit, you won’t remember experiencing any pain or other sensations afterward. You’ll usually take your oral medication before your appointment and then have more during your treatment if needed.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez take all necessary steps to ensure that patients are as safe as possible during sedation dentistry. While you’re under sedation, you can expect to have your vitals monitored. If there are any changes to your blood pressure, heart rate, or other vital signs, you’ll be given prompt treatment to make sure you stay safe.

What kinds of medications are used for sedation dentistry?

In general, Dr. Ledakis and Dr. Baez use benzodiazepines for oral conscious sedation. The type of benzodiazepine medication you’ll need depends on how long your dental procedure or treatment is likely to take. Some commonly used medications include:

  • Valium® for longer procedures
  • Halcion® for shorter procedures
  • Ativan® for procedures that take two hours or less

If you’d like to know more about sedation dentistry, please contact the offices of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA to make an appointment with Dr. Ledakis or Dr. Baez.