Hayes Family Dentistry was founded on the premise that everyone should be able to have a smile. Fear or a traumatic experience prior in life is the number-one factor that keeps most patients away. There is no shame in being afraid; Dr. Hayes and our team are here to help restore your smile and bring quality back to your life through sedation dentistry.
If you have not been to the dentist in years, have a fear of the dental chair, or are in need of extensive dental work, sedation dentistry at our Cookeville, TN dental office can allow you to complete your dental care without fear or stress, and with little or no memory of the appointment.
With sedation dentistry, comprehensive dentistry can be done while you are sleeping or in a semi-conscious state.
Types of Sedation
Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. Dr. Hayes will prescribe a mild sleeping prescription for you to take the night before your visit so you do not experience anxiety prior to the next day’s appointment. You will take an additional prescription one hour before your dental appointment to help you remain calm and relaxed. Since this level of sedation will take time to wear off, you will need to have a responsible person bring you to your appointment and be on-site during the entire procedure.
Moderate Sedation — Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures, conscious sedation often refers to the use of light IV sedation. With conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. Since this level of sedation will also take several hours to completely wear off, you will need to have a responsible person bring you to your appointment and be on-site during the entire procedure.
Whether you choose mild or moderate sedation, your oxygen level and vitals will be monitored throughout your procedure by our qualified nursing staff.
Dr. Hayes has offered sedation dentistry for more than 15 years, gaining experience and continuing education through the University of Kentucky in that time. He, along with our team, hope to give all patients the gift of great dental health. If you believe that sedation dentistry at Hayes Family Dentistry is right for you, contact our Cookeville dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hayes, and learn about all your treatment options.