Sedation Dentistry for Adults

Conquer your fear of dentists…

sedation-dentistry-adultsEvery time you even think about visiting a dentist, you flinch. Even though you clearly need some work done, you put off making the appointment. 

When you finally do make that appointment, you sit in complete fear and anxiety in the Owing Mills waiting room, hoping for a miracle that somehow you’ll be overlooked or magically your appointment will be cancelled.

You are not alone – you are in good company. Dental fears affect 1 in 4 people. It is a major stumbling block for many people. Individuals that are otherwise clever and rational people suddenly jeopardize their health because of the anxiety and fear built around a trip to the dentist.

So, what is sedation dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is also called Oral Conscious Sedation; you will not be under general anesthesia. You will simply spend the day under the effect of a drug, a drug that allows you to relax and allows all your anxiety to just melt away.

With today’s technology and pharmacology, there’s simply no reason to experience pain or anxiety with your trip to the dentist. Dr. Gary Imm and his All Smiles Care team have extensive training and experience with sedation dentistry. In his practice, he uses sedation techniques for two reasons:

1. To overcome anxiety associated with a visit to the dentist.
2. To include more extensive treatment in less time.

Sedation allows for more to be accomplished in just one appointment. Your beautiful smile is completed in a shorter amount of time! Cosmetic Makeovers with porcelain veneers, restorations (crowns, caps, fillings) or implants can be completed easily and comfortably during sedation.

How exactly, does sedation dentistry work?

sedation-dentistry-adults1Before you come to our Owing Mills office, you take a little pill. Your fears will vanish into thin air. As an added bonus, many patients say they actually forget their entire experience. The time spent in the dentist chair will feel like mere minutes. Of course, everyone’s experience is different.

While your treatments are being executed, you will be constantly and closely monitored at all times, with high-tech medical equipment. Additionally, Dr. Imm and/or one of his experienced dental assistants will be at your side the entire time. Not only is sedation dentistry pain-free and stress-free, it is extremely safe!

Preparation – before your actual appointment

  • 12 hours before your appointment, you are not allowed food or drink (water is the exception).
  • The mild sedative will be taken in tablet form just before your appointment. This has a calming and relaxing affect on you.
  • Please arrange to have someone drop off and pick you up from your appointment. You will not be able to drive on Appointment day.
  • Your treatment won’t begin until you are completely relaxed.
  • If you require further sedation, another pill will be made available.
  • Not only will someone will be with you at all times, but your blood pressure and pulse will constantly be observed.


  • Please ensure you have a ‘ride’ home following your appointment.
  • You will be unable to work for the remainder of the day.
  • You will have little or no memory of your treatment.
  • Ask for assistance when you require it. Basic common sense should prevail.

With sedation dentistry, there is nothing to fear. It’s time to take back the control of your dental health. No more discomfort. No more pain.

Call All Smiles Care today and find out how Sedation Dentistry can literally change your life … for the better.

About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)

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