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Consicious sedation procedures at Loftin dental in Concord, California

Sleep Dentistry FAQ

I’m really scared to go see a dentist. What are my options?
You are the best judge of your level of fear. If you feel you have a mild case of fear of dentistry, laughing gas (nitrous) may be enough for you. You will be aware of everything going on while you lay back relaxed. It helps take the edge off your fear so you can comfortably go through your treatment. It will wear off by the time your appointment ends, so you will not need a ride home. 
If you feel you need a little bit more to get through your treatment, Dr. Loftin is licensed to offer our patients conscious oral sedation. He will prescribe you pre-medication to take the night before your treatment and another medication an hour before your appointment. In taking this medication, you will need a ride to our office and to get you home. Dr. Loftin and his dedicated Registered Dental Assistants continually monitor you through your appointment as most likely you will be asleep. You can be woken up during treatment to respond to instruction and to see how you’re doing. The next day you most likely will not remember your appointment, so you will be sent home with care instructions that we have already reviewed with your driver.
I need a lot of work done that I’d like to do in one visit. Is that possible?
Yes! Dr. Loftin is licensed to offer our patients conscious oral sedation. With this medication, we can have you be sedated anywhere from two to eight hours. He will prescribe you “pre-medication” to take the night before your treatment and another medication an hour before your appointment. In order to keep you sedated, he will give you more tablets as needed during your procedure. You will need a ride to our office and to get you home. 
Dr. Loftin and his dedicated Registered Dental Assistants continually monitor you through your appointment as most likely you will be asleep. You can be woken up during treatment to respond to instruction and to see how you’re doing. The next day you most likely will not remember your appointment, so you will be sent home with care instructions that we have already reviewed with your driver.
Oral Conscious Sedation 

If you are fearful to get any dental treatment or just want a lot done during one appointment and are concerned about fatigue, Dr. Loftin is licensed to offer our patients Oral Conscious Sedation. What this means is that Dr. Loftin prescribes one pill (also known as a ‘happy pill’) for the evening before your appointment (to be taken after dinner & right before bed) and another to take an hour before your appointment. Please do not eat anything in the morning as you take this second pill as the medicine may not work as well, or last as long. These pills are meant to help relieve your anxiety and mildly sedate you as well.

 You are asked to arrange to have someone drive you to and from our office as you will not be in any state to drive yourself. Even if you are close enough to walk, it’s best to have someone escort you as you can become easily disoriented and may forget where you’re going. 

Once your appointment begins, you are monitored 100% of the time. If you need more medication, Dr. Loftin will administer additional help to ensure you are comfortable. You will be able to take direction from him and his Assistant, but you will not remember much that happened afterward. This being said, all parts of the treatment you are going to go through is reviewed in detail prior to your appointment and you are sent home with further instructions, if needed. Dr. Loftin will give you a call the next day and see how you’re feeling.