Man seen from the back relaxing by leaning back in a chairPatients that dread the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair are often crippled by their fears, and they may suffer compromised dental health by neglecting the treatment they need. Sedation dentistry allows patients suffering from dental phobia and anxiety, as well as those who have trouble sitting for long periods of time, to relax while the doctor performs various procedures. Dr. Yamen Akhras offers sedation dentistry upon request at his practice in Orland Park, IL, so that all patients can comfortably receive necessary dental care.

About Sedation Dentistry

Dentists use a variety of sedation methods for their patients based on personal preference as well as the level of sedation needed for a specific procedure. Dr. Akhras uses intravenous (IV) sedation, considered a moderate sedation method, in conjunction with many of the procedures he provides. He trained at Georgia Regents University Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in this method of sedation and is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin. IV sedation is administered by needle directly to the bloodstream, making it one of the fastest methods of sedation. This type of delivery has the additional benefit of giving Dr. Akhras a great amount of control over the sedation level.

Like most sedation methods, IV sedation fades slowly after it has been removed and may cause grogginess and disorientation immediately after your procedure. Especially compared to methods like oral conscious sedation, IV sedation dissipates fairly quickly, which means you will return to your normal, alert state soon after your procedure. Even so, you will need to have someone drive you home following your procedure. Dr. Akhras will discuss the entire procedure, as well as any precautions to take, during your visit.

Sedation dentistry has helped many patients address pressing dental concerns that they had neglected due to dental phobia and anxiety.

Uses of IV Sedation

We frequently recommend sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety or phobia and those with health conditions that inhibit sitting for long periods of time. Typical sedation dentistry procedures include:

During your free consultation, ask Dr. Akhras if sedation dentistry is a good addition to your next dental procedure.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Anyone with a desire to address their dental issues and a condition that complicates the procedures they need may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Patients should be in good general health and should consider family history as well as heart conditions and medication allergies that may conflict with IV sedation. Producing a thorough health history and list of current medications will help Dr. Akhras provide you with the best dental care possible. Patient education is important to us at Premier Dental & Implant Center, so we encourage you to bring up any additional questions that you may have.

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Sedation dentistry has helped many patients address pressing dental concerns that they had neglected due to dental phobia and anxiety. To discuss this helpful technique with Dr. Akhras, contact our practice today.