Oral Conscious Sedation, or Sedation Dentistry, can be the ideal way to overcome anxiety related to painful or complicated dental procedures. Unlike the general anesthesia you might receive in a hospital, conscious sedation can be successfully and safely administered in an office setting. The difference is that with conscious sedation your natural reflexes (such as coughing in order to breathe better) are preserved.
Even though consciousness is retained during sedation dentistry, most patients describe feeling completely relaxed and indifferent to discomforts. When the treatment is completed you may not even recall having had the procedure!
Am I a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
If you experience any of these issues, you are likely to be a candidate:
- You have had trouble getting numb.
- You need a lot of complex dental care and you want it done in as few visits as possible.
- You had traumatic dental experiences when you were younger and have a hard time facing the prospect of dental care now.
Can all dentists practice Sedation Dentistry?
No. The administration of these treatments requires specialized training and permission from the state dental board. Not all Lafayette dentists meet these requirements, even though they are licensed to practice general dentistry.
Dr. John Theriot has special training in sedation dentistry. He is a member of DOCS, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He has the distinction of being among fewer than 10% of dentists nationwide who have completed this specialized training.
Dr. Theriot also meets all of the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry’s requirements for practicing oral conscious sedation. Above the basic standards for practicing dentistry, he also has:
- At least 16 hours of intensive classroom instruction and training in sedation
- Specialized training in handling emergencies
- A Louisiana state permit to administer oral conscious sedation
- Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Because sedation dentistry evokes a sense of relaxation similar to sleep it is often referred to as sleep dentistry.