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What is sedation?

Anxiety control to put your mind at ease

Today more than ever, patients are aware of the importance of periodontal health and the potential consequences of untreated disease. Despite this increased awareness, patient anxiety and fear concerning treatment can sometimes get in the way of optimal periodontal care. In addition to new treatment options that use refined techniques and improvements in local anesthesia, conscious sedation is available to make your treatment more pleasant and comfortable. This important option has eased the minds of many periodontal patients, and unlocked the benefits of periodontal treatment for those who would have otherwise avoided it.

Conscious Sedation

For some treatments, Dr. Milman may recommend conscious sedation as the preferred method for anxiety control to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Conscious sedation is a safe, drug-induced state in which you are conscious and pleasantly relaxed, yet free of fear, anxiety and apprehension. The use of conscious sedation by an professionally trained periodontist such as Dr. Milman is safe and effective, and will help you feel comfortable and confident during your periodontal treatment. It is different than general anesthesia and does not carry the inherent risks associated with general anesthesia.

Combined Technique

Conscious sedation can be administered through a number of different methods and medications. Dr. Milman often uses an oral pre-surgery sedative, an IV sedation during surgery or a combined approach that uses both oral and IV sedation to ensure a pleasant and relaxed experience from start to finish.


Conscious sedation is available to make your periodontal care relaxed, and your road to periodontal health full of smiles. Some of the benefits of conscious sedation include:

  • Safer than general anesthesia
  • Procedures free of anxiety
  • Increased comfort and confidence during procedures
  • Effective

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