Sleep (sedation) Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective alternative for patients who are anxious or afraid, patients with a bad gag reflex or limited jaw opening, patients who have a hard time getting totally numb, need surgical treatment or extensive restorative treatment.

Dr. Pessoa has been trained and certified by one of the greatest experts in the dental sedation in the world. In addition to having someone highly qualified to perform the sedation, we are able to keep our sedation costs very affordable, as we don’t need to hire any outside professionals to perform the sedation.

Our wonderful staff at Draper Smiles will calm your fears and answer any questions that you may have about your sedation options.

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What are the Benefits of Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia effect, which for most patients, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects.

Sedation Questions
Is sedation dentistry right for you?

Many patients fear going to the dentist, have difficulty getting numb, have joint problems (TMJ), a bad gag reflex etc., and could enjoy the advantages sedation dentistry offers. Also patients that need extensive treatment, patients needing surgical treatment such as wisdom tooth removal or dental implants or anyone undergoing extensive or lengthy procedures would also appreciate being sedated for such treatment.

Are there different kinds of sedation?


1Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) offers a low level of sedation and works great for some patients on minor procedures.

2Different oral medications such as valium or triazolam offer deeper levels of sedation with the benefit of some amnesia (little or no recollection of the procedure).

3I.V. sedation allows for a more predictable, controllable, and deeper level of sedation with a very good safety record and an improved amnesic effect (you don’t remember about the procedure).

Will I be asleep through the whole procedure?

Because of its effectiveness and predictability, we most often recommend I.V. sedation. This method allows us to carefully monitor your level of consciousness and adjust it according to need. You will be well sedated throughout the procedure while maintaining your protective reflexes. Typically, when you wake up you will ask a questions like, “Have we started?”, or “Are we ready to begin?”. There will be little or no recollection of the procedure(s) accomplished or how long it took.

I know I have a lot of work to do.
Can it all be done in one visit or does it require multiple visits?

Because you will be sedated, we will recommend getting as much work done in one visit. Our main priority is safety and quality; therefore, we will organize a plan in which we can achieve both every time even if it may take more than one visit.

IV Sedation Dentistry Safety

During IV conscious sedation, the sedation dentist and his team constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the dental sedation medicine in less than 30 seconds. We have treated several patients with sedation dentistry safely and comfortably. We are caring for patients everyday in Salt Lake (Draper, Utah) office using this safe comfortable and relaxing oral sedation method. It’s a blessing for our patients.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact our Draper Smiles office or request a free consultation, sedation dentist Dr. Fernando Pessoa. You will be amazed at the benefits conscious sedation can offer you.