Greencastle Hometown Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures.

These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Sedation Dentistry

While all methods of sedation are very safe, oral sedation is especially safe as well as very effective. Dr. Knuth uses very common medications that are extremely safe and widely prescribed. Your vital signs will be constantly monitored from the moment you arrive at the office, throughout the entire appointment, and until Dr. Knuth is certain you are ready to leave.

Dr. Knuth has taken extensive training with DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) to ensure that you are completely safe and comfortable. In fact, Dr. Knuth and his whole dental team are highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, making the dentist's office one of the safest places you can be!

Generally, you will be given a prescription for a pill to take before your appointment. Since this is a sedative medication, you will need a companion to drive you to the appointment. Once you arrive, Dr. Knuth and his staff will begin monitoring your vital signs, including heart rate and blood pressure, to make sure that you stay completely safe through the procedure. He will then assess your level of sedation, and ask how you feel.

In some circumstances, Dr. Knuth may use more medication, but often this is not necessary. The dentistry will all be performed while you are relaxed and comfortable. When it is safe for you to move about, your companion will take you home, and then you will rest comfortably for the rest of the day.

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