At Crystal Lake Dental, Dr. Hsu uses sedation dentistry to help patients manage their anxiety and fear before and during appointments. With the help of mild medications that calm and relax your body and mind, you can complete any dental procedure with comfort and ease.
Sedation or “sleep” dentistry, is usually safe and effective for patients of all ages, and it allows you to remain relaxed ― yet completely alert ― while you’re receiving care.
Sedation dentistry isn't just a good option for people with anxiety about the dentist’s chair, but also for patients with special needs, children who have a hard time sitting still, or individuals with a strong gag reflex.
Dr. Hsu chooses the most appropriate method of sedation based on your needs. Most patients receive either nitrous oxide which you inhale through a mask, or oral sedatives which you take before your appointment.
If you need heavier sedation, Dr. Hsu can administer an IV, which delivers sedation quickly and effectively to your bloodstream.
During sedation, you are still conscious and aware of everything happening during your appointment. You can communicate easily if Dr. Hsu asks you questions. He completes the dental work before the sedation wears off, and you naturally and gradually return to a normal state.
For some patients, sedation can cause feelings of grogginess, confusion, or fatigue. Nitrous oxide wears off fairly quickly, but oral or IV sedatives may take longer to leave your system.
You might need a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment, and you should plan on resting for a few hours until you feel completely normal again.
Sedation dentistry provides a comfortable, anxiety-free experience for patients that might otherwise not be able to tolerate a dentist visit. It also allows you to complete several hours of dental work in a single session, without the need for multiple appointments.
Since you’re still awake and alert during sedation dentistry, you can easily communicate with Dr. Hsu and his staff the entire time.
To learn more about sedation dentistry at Crystal Lake Dental, book an appointment online today or call the office.
At Crystal Lake Dental, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Hsu really changed my perception of seeing the dentist. Now I'm looking forward to getting my teeth cleaned twice a year! Thanks, Crystal Lake!"
"Thank you Dr Hsu, Miss Bettie and the entire office staff. Y'all are amazing and my family will continue our dental care with Crystal Lake because of you."
"Dr. Hsu is very thorough with everything - he reviews radiographs with you, explains things, prioritizes what's most urgent and isn't pushy about what needs to be done."
"One of the best dentists that I've been to in a while. Looking forward to Dr. Hsu being my dentist for many years to come."