Frequently Asked Questions
▼Is sedation dentistry safe?
Absolutely, sedation dentistry is safe. Sedation dentistry is utilized to help keep patients relaxed, so dentists can complete your care more efficiently and gently. Before administering any type of sedative, Dr. Ambis and our care team will thoroughly review your medical and prescription history to identify any factors that contradict a safe sedation procedure.
▼Will I benefit from dental sedation?
You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
- Feel tense, nervous, or anxious before an appointment
- Become scared at the sight of dental instruments
- Have trouble breathing or feel panicked in the office
- Have a low tolerance to pain or resistance to anesthetics
▼Will I be unconscious during dental sedation?
One of the most common misconceptions about dental sedation is that you’ll be unconscious during treatment, but this isn’t the case. You’ll remain awake and responsive throughout your procedure no matter which sedation option you choose. However, you’ll feel deeply relaxed and likely won’t remember the experience later.
▼Can I eat before dental sedation?
In addition to following any pre-op recommendations by our Ithaca dentists, you must follow the fasting guidelines and avoid eating or drinking for six hours before sedation. You may drink water up to two hours before your appointment.
Fasting is an important precaution due to the reflex-suppressing effects of sedation. If you have food or beverages in your stomach and become nauseous, you’re more likely to vomit and aspirate. If you eat or drink before sedation, your procedure will need to be canceled.