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What to Expect After Your Dental Procedure

Dental procedure recovery in Nashville, TNSedation dentistry involves using medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s particularly beneficial for those with dental anxiety or those undergoing lengthy treatments. At Poff Dental Associates in Nashville, TN, Dr. Poff is highly experienced in providing sedation dentistry, ensuring every patient receives the most comfortable and stress-free experience possible.

How Can Sedation Help With Anxiety?

Dental anxiety is a common issue that prevents many people from seeking necessary dental care. Sedation dentistry can significantly reduce this anxiety, allowing patients to receive the care they need without fear. Dr. Poff has helped numerous patients overcome their dental fears through sedation, enabling them to maintain better oral health and have a more positive experience in the dental chair.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

  • Nitrous Oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative inhaled through a mask. It helps patients relax while remaining conscious and responsive.
  • Oral Sedation: This involves taking a prescribed medication before the procedure to induce a deeper state of relaxation.
  • IV Sedation: Administered through a vein, this type of sedation allows for a more profound level of sedation and is suitable for more complex procedures.
  • General Anesthesia: This method is used for extensive dental work. It puts patients into a deep sleep, making them entirely unconscious during the procedure.


Dr. Poff is qualified to administer these various types of sedation, ensuring the best option is chosen based on the patient’s needs and the procedure’s complexity.

What to Expect After a Typical Procedure

After a dental procedure with sedation, it’s normal to feel groggy or disoriented. Here are some general post-sedation care guidelines:


  • Rest: It’s essential to rest and avoid any strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to help flush the sedative out of your system.
  • Diet: Start with light meals and avoid alcohol and caffeine for the first 24 hours.
  • Assistance: Arrange for someone to drive you home after your appointment and stay with you until the effects of the sedation have worn off.
  • Follow Instructions: Dr. Poff will provide specific post-care instructions tailored to your procedure. Following these guidelines will ensure a smooth and quick recovery.

Schedule With Poff Dental Associates Today

If you’re considering sedation dentistry or need dental care without anxiety, schedule an appointment with Dr. Poff at Poff Dental Associates in Nashville, TN. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patient comfort and safety. Book your appointment and experience the benefits of sedation dentistry firsthand.


Dr. Justin Poff, DDS

Arkansas native Dr. Justin Poff, DDS, is a University of Tennessee dental graduate committed to providing outstanding services in general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and implant dentistry. He now practices in Nashville, where he relocated with his wife after graduation, and continues to pursue excellence in dental care. When not in the dental office, Dr. Poff indulges in outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and skiing and contributes his time to the local community through his involvement with Young Life in Williamson County.

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