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Sedation Dentistry

RELAX… You’re in great hands! Even the most fearful patient can “snooze” through complicated care with complete comfort and relaxation.

Nearly 50% of the population feels nervous or uncomfortable about having dental procedures done.  Dr. Goeckeritz and his team have dedicated themselves to making patients comfortable and at ease during dental exams and procedures. With Conscious Oral Sedation Dentistry, we can treat patients who desperately need dental work but are too afraid to seek care.

In an open and caring atmosphere patients can receive pain free dental care while knowing they are not being judged or looked down on over their anxiety or fear.  At Falling Creek Dental, we strive to excel at the technical aspects of dentistry, but just as important, we strive to care for the patient’s emotional needs.  There will be times that just getting through the door for a consultation will be a small victory for some patients.  We know the importance of that first step and we are committed to providing compassion and starting a relationship built on trust.  We take your fear seriously and are dedicated to providing a dental experience that will both improve your dental health and lessen your dental fears.

What you can expect from Conscious Oral Sedation Dentistry

  • It is safe!  Dr. Goeckeritz will prescribe a small pill that is taken 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to treatment.  No intravenous tubes or needles.
  • You will be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing.  Your companion will accompany you to and from the office.  By the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy.
  • It Really Works!  You really can relax through your dental appointment.  You will have little or no memory of the experience.  You probably will not remember any sounds or smells.  Most patients remember nothing about their treatment.   A few will remember a little, usually at the end of their appointment when we are getting them ready to go home.
  • People who have difficulty getting numb will find that sedation dentistry eliminates this problem.
  • Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

FAQ – Sedation Therapy

  • Will I feel any pain?  No.  You will feel nothing.
  • Will I be unconscious?  No.  You will be in a deeply relaxed state and you will be responsive.
  • Will I be monitored?  Yes.  One of our team members is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit.  You are never alone.  The reason that we use oral sedation is because of its safety.  We use monitoring equipment to monitor your pulse and blood pressure.
  • How long will I be relaxing?  Depending on your needs, you will be in a relaxed state anywhere from two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me to the appointment?  Yes.  Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again and remain with you for 24 hours.