Sedation involves delivery of medication through an IV to help you "sleep" through the appointment. While most patients do actually fall asleep for the appointment, you are able to respond to verbal commands, you continue to breathe on your own, and your protective reflexes remain intact. In addition to helping you sleep, the medication creates amnesia such that most patients have no memory of the procedure.
Sedation is available for all surgical procedures. Talk with the doctors at Periodontal Associates if you have anxiety or may be interested in sedation, and they will be happy to speak with you about specific instructions prior to sedation which include not being able to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to sedation, and bringing a driver with you to your appointment.
For many people with slight anxiety, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral (pill) medications may be sufficient, and are also available.