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Dental Sedation


Sedation Dentistry in Pembroke Pines FL Makes Going to the Dentist a Breeze for Patients of All Ages

Not everyone loves going to the dentist. In fact, some patients avoid making regular appointments because the thought of even simple cleaning leaves them anxious, tense, or otherwise uncomfortable. Dr. Milton Ruize at Pines Dental Associates in Pembroke Pines, FL, understands that every patient’s needs are a little bit different. Every element of his practice is designed to put the patient at ease and create a comfortable, homey feeling—but if a patient is still having trouble feeling comfortable enough to come in for a cleaning, sedation dentistry may be a beneficial option.

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help patients relax during a dental procedure, from standard cleaning to something more complex. Dr. Ruiz is an expert in sedation dentistry of all kinds, including:

  • Minimal sedation – common for cleanings; this makes you comfortable without putting you under.
  • Moderate sedation – a little more advanced, patients may slur or have foggy memories from the visit.
  • Deep sedation – a patient is near total sedation but not unconscious.
  • General anesthesia –a patient is completely unconscious.

Many patients will achieve sedation through a very delicate method of inhaled minimal sedation, often referred to as “laughing gas.” Patients in need of a more comprehensive sedative state may receive oral, a pill taken by the patient. In rare cases, patients will undergo IV sedation, which involves introducing the medication intravenously.

Dr. Ruiz is an expert at applying all forms of sedation and will help you understand the benefits of each, and which form may be right for your purposes. In most cases, mild sedation goes a long way and can turn an intimidating idea into a welcome, comfortable experience. Each patient is different, and Dr. Ruiz will partner with you to determine your treatment’s best course of action. His goal is to make you comfortable and happy during your visit and for each check-up to be a breeze.

Make an appointment for a consultation today by calling (954) 715-4660 and find out how Dr. Ruiz can improve your experience at the dentist’s office.


What are the types of dental sedation? 
The three main types are:
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) – Is safe for kids and adults. You remain awake and aware during the procedure without feeling any pain.
  • Oral sedation – You take pills as prescribed by the dentist. You will feel drowsy but remain aware. 
  • IV sedation – Sedatives will be delivered via an IV drip, and you will remain unconscious for the entire procedure.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

People with dental anxiety and fear, sensitivity, or a strong gag reflex may benefit from sedation dentistry. Those undergoing lengthy or multiple procedures can also benefit. 

Is dental sedation safe?

Absolutely. Your dental team is highly trained and experienced in all forms of sedation. All sedatives are safe and administered only by dentists trained and certified in their safe use. You will also be monitored with special safety equipment the whole time you are under treatment and released only after you are deemed okay to return home. 

Will I still feel sleepy after treatment? 

Most probably. You will be monitored at our office until the sedatives have worn off, but you will continue to feel groggy for a while and need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day. Eat something light and drink plenty of liquids; you will find it easier to return to your normal self.

What shouldn’t I do immediately after recovering from sedation? 
  • Drive a vehicle or ride a bicycle
  • Cook or use machinery
  • Make important decisions
  • Be responsible for children or others
  • Drink alcohol
Dr. Milton Ruiz, Pines Dental Associates

Dr. Milton Ruiz believes everyone should be able to attain excellent oral health, and his mission is to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable cost to all his patients. Dr. Ruiz is a general dentist with over 25 years of expertise who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston.

Dr. Ruiz has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in his decades of practice to keep current on new technology and improvements in dentistry. He is skilled in all aspects of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep apnea therapy, orthodontics, Invisalign certification, Oral Conscious Sedation, and restorative dentistry. You can rely on him to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

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