Sedation Dentist Article

New techniques in sedation dentistry are allowing people to have much more comfortable visits at the dentist office even for longer procedures like fixing a broken or painful tooth. Many people are starting to learn and hear about “sedation dentists” through online and print marketing. What does this really mean for our patients in Libertyville and Gurnee and even patients across Lake County and beyond? Their are many forms of sedation from IV and general anesthesia performed by oral surgeons, to oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is the type of sedation most used by a properly trained general or family dentist. Oral conscious sedation is not sleep dentistry, but rather you will take some common forms of prescription medications that will help you into a deep state of relaxation. Typically these medications will be taken the night before and under the supervision of the doctor taken again right before your dental appointment. You will be able to answer questions, be responsive, and have a level of awareness during the dental procedure. What you can expect is to feel like you are in that state of being just before you fall asleep, if you know the feeling, you tend to answer questions when spoke to, but rarely remember conversations and things you talked about. This is similar to the feeling you will have after leaving the dental office for your visits. You will not quite be aware of exactly what happened, but you will know it was a comfortable experience. How cool would it be to have a dental visit you could so easily forget!

Most dentists advertising as “sedations dentists” are merely dentist providing oral conscious sedation methods to their patients, currently their is no specialty in sedation. It is important to realize that there are no sedation dentists, just dentists trained to perform varying levels of sedation. Training is important, I speak as a graduate of a hospital trained dentist practicing in Libertyville with my father who brings 30 years of experience providing treatment with both IV and oral conscious sedation methods. I would advise patients that have fear of going to the dentist to make sure they are in a comfortable office environment with a dentist that they trust. Sometimes the most important thing between a great experience and a bad experience at the dentist is just that extra few minutes of attention to your needs as a fearful patient. Of course if you are in the Libertyville, Mundelein, Gurnee, Vernon hills, Lake forest and Lake County area please feel free to call or email us with any questions about sedation dentistry. We will be happy to provide a free consultation to make sure that the office is a comfortable fit. Dr. Sam Weisz’s number at Libertyville Dental Associates is 847.367.6360 email us at, get to know us at

Best of Luck with the process,
Dr. Sam Weisz d.d.s

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