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Fear, pain and anxiety no longer need to be a part of your experience at the dentist’s office. We help a wide range of patients to be comfortable. Through oral sedation, patients with a sensitive gag reflex, anxiety about dental work, resistance to local anesthetics or a history of pain can feel relaxed. For extensive dental procedures, or just a regular hygiene appointment, sedation relieves any unpleasant association with the experience.

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Sedation dentistry is sometimes called ‘sleep dentistry,’ but in reality, patients usually feel drowsy yet conscious. The medication delivers a mild to moderate level of sedation and is much safer than administering general anesthesia.

To help you overcome discomfort, your dentist can simply write a prescription for an oral sedative, such as Halcion or Valium. Then, the medication should be taken about an hour before the dental procedure.

The sedative will help you to remain calm and comfortable for the duration of the dental procedure. Though some patients doze off during the appointment, they are responsive and can answer questions. Most patients don’t recall details of the procedure and the effects of the sedative wear off after a few hours.

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Sedation Is Available at Briglia Dental

In order to prescribe these medications, dentists must be fully trained and have advanced certification in sedation dentistry. Dr. Briglia is certified in oral and IV sedation and has many years of experience practicing sleep dentistry. He is also a current member of two national associations dedicated to the development and safe practice of sedation techniques.

Discuss your concerns with the careful team of professionals at the Briglia Dental Group. Ask if oral sedation is recommended for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is sedation dentistry safe?

    So, you’re one of the 10% of people suffering from dental phobia. Well, let us help put your mind at ease. Sedating a patient during a dental procedure is a very safe and effective way to reduce your stress levels while taking care of a variety of dental problems. Briglia Dental Group has extensive experience in dental sedation practices and will review your medical history before any treatment as well as monitor you very closely during sedation. Feel free to give us a call to discuss the process with you step-by-step before any procedure.

  • What is conscious sedation in dentistry?

    Conscious sedation is a great option for those patients who need to recover quickly. By combining the proper sedatives with anesthetics, it allows for you to be awake, while relaxed and totally free of pain. When your procedure is complete, you should be able to return to your everyday schedule with little wait time!

  • Will I feel any pain while sedated? What can I expect while sedated?

    No. Most patients feel zero discomfort during their treatment and very minimal pain afterwards. When you come in for an appointment involving sedation, you can expect everything to follow the plan discussed before your appointment. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable, administer the proper sedation, and begin our procedure as you sit stress-free in our chair! Some patients very relaxed while other fall asleep altogether. You may have a limited memory, but more often you won’t remember much of anything.

  • Will I be totally relaxed during dental sedation?

    Simple answer: yes! We guarantee a stress-free, pain-free, relaxing experience during our sedation dentistry procedures.

  • Will I be groggy after dental sedation?

    You will feel slightly groggy immediately after treatment, but generally many patients feel just fine after a dental procedure involving sedation. However, we may advise that you have another adult drive you home, so please be sure to have that person ready and waiting at our office.

  • What type of anesthesia should I receive for getting my wisdom teeth out?

    The type of anesthesia you receive will be determined after a discussion with your dentist about your anxiety level and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, a local anesthetic is administered for wisdom tooth removal, but nitrous oxide, or IV anesthesia can be used if approved by your doctor.

  • Can I drive after having sedation dentistry work completed?

    Briglia Dental Group strongly encourages our sedation dentistry patients to have a family member or trusted friend drive you home after a procedure. Sedation can affect your motor and cognitive functions. We’ll let you know beforehand if you’ll need someone to drive you home.

  • Can I have a sedative if I am just having a filling or deep cleaning?

    If you’re concerned about having a filling or deep cleaning completed, please give our office a call to discuss the options when it comes to sedation.

  • How long does sedation last?

    For some patients, sedation wears off as soon as we stop administering the medication. For others, the effects may be felt for a few hours after the appointment is over. It varies from patient to patient, but you can be sure that we’ll keep you properly sedated during your appointment.

  • Are there any side effects from dental sedation?

    There are two very minor side effects involved in dental sedation: hiccups and dry mouth.

  • I have a problem with gagging. Will sedation help reduce this?

    If you gag easily during normal procedures, then sedation dentistry will resolve this problem! Most patients don’t have any problems gagging or gag significantly less while sedated.

600 Marshall Street West Chester PA 19382

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Briglia Dental Group
600 East Marshall Street
St #201
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (484) 319-4457
Fax: (610) 692-9277
Email: info@brigliadentalgroup.com
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Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
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