Afraid of the dentist? You are not alone. Many people choose to not visit the dentist because of a dental phobia, but there is no need to be scared! Plus, skimping on basic oral hygiene is so not cool. Avoiding regular dental treatment often exacerbates minor dental problems, even to the point where drastic measures such as tooth extraction become necessary. Yikes. Who wants that? Not us. At Sugar Fix Dental Loft, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica T. Emery is exceedingly dedicated to making patients feel relaxed and comfortable while receiving treatment, which is why we offer conscious sedation.


Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a medical or dental procedure. By dramatically reducing anxiety, conscious sedation provides a safe and effective option for patients undergoing procedures such as dental prosthetic and/or reconstructive surgery.


One pill in the evening before your visit and one pill on the morning of your appointment is all it takes. Dr. Emery will administer the final dose of medication upon your arrival. No intravenous line or shot into a muscle necessary. Let’s hear it for no needles! We keep things simple at Sugar Fix and will do everything possible to alleviate any unwanted stress. Before your treatment commences, the Sugar Fix team will set the mood, tuck you in with a cashmere blanket, dim the lights and play spa music as you fall into a calming deep sleep. Sounds blissful, right? Trust us, it is.


A friend or family member needs to bring you to and from our Lakeview office as you will feel drowsy from the pill’s sedative effects. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to Dr. Emery’s verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they might experience. A brief period of amnesia tends to erase any memory of the procedure. “The best part about it that people tell me is that they don’t remember any of it,” says Dr. Emery.


The medicine is used for short, uncomplicated procedures and wears off quickly, allowing for a speedy recovery so you can return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure. Dr. Emery will stay with you at all times during the procedure and can easily shake you awake. During treatment you will be able to respond to her verbal cues to open or close your mouth. After a couple of hours, you will awake feeling well rested and with all of your treatment completed in one visit. What’s not to love about that?


Contact Chicago’s Sugar Fix Dental Loft today to inquire about conscious sedation and have Dr. Emery answer any of your questions regarding this extremely safe procedure. Sweet dreams everyone!