Dental Care in Complete Comfort
For some people, going to the dentist can be a terrifying
experience. The drills, the smells and oh, that awful needle! But
now there’s a new way for the dentally challenged to get their
needed treatment without having to go through all the fear and
anxiety. And, what’s more, they likely won’t even remember going to
the dentist. It’s called conscious sedation dentistry, an
The way it works is quite simple. One hour before the appointment
you simply take a pill that we have dispensed to you. By the time
you arrive for your appointment you are very relaxed. You are then
shown to the dental chair. You gradually progress to a deeper level
of sedation but are still able to respond to your environment and to
questions from the doctor. Your vital signs are monitored constantly
throughout the treatment. When you’re finished, a friend drives you
home and in an hour or so you are pretty much back to normal.
You aren’t “knocked out” or in total sedation like you would be for
surgery. The level of sedation isn’t that deep, but just deep enough
so that you feel nothing but are still conscious. We find that while
some patients have a deep fear of dental treatment, they may also
have a deeper fear of being “put under.” Their actual fear centers
on losing control or not being able to perceive what’s going on
around them. Conscious sedation is a happy medium. You are still
under control and understand what’s happening – you just don’t feel
anything or have any anxiety about it.
Some people, while they are not at all afraid of dental treatment,
are highly resistant to anesthetic. They just can’t get numb. Other
people simply don’t have the time to make repeated visits to the
dentist and would rather have all their work done in one longer
visit. Conscious sedation dentistry takes care of both problems.
With conscious sedation dentistry, literally years of treatment can
be accomplished in just a single visit!
We look forward to working with
you to provide you with quality dental care in a comfortable,
relaxed manner. Call our office at (941) 359-2151 to find out more
about sedation dentistry.
Joshua Colkmire, DDS
2924 University Parkway
Sarasota FL • 34243