Many people avoid going to the dentist because they experienced traumatic care as a child, suffered painful procedures as an adult, or have other anxieties related to dental procedures. Even when they experience warning signs like pain in the mouth, many people avoid seeking treatment because of the fear they experience. At our office we understand these feelings and want to help. Whether you just need a routine cleaning or a brand-new smile, we offer sedation dentistry to make your experience comfortable and relaxing.
Sedation Dentistry is a Path Free from Fear!
Sedation dentistry helps to provide a relaxing, calming experience for patients who are afraid of going to the dentist and/or having dental procedures performed. There are many forms of sedation that can be administered in a variety of ways offering us the flexibility of three levels of sedation – minimal, moderate, and deep – depending on the level of anxiety the patient experiences.
Our office offers oral sedation dentistry. Oral sedation dentistry allows us to relieve anxiety without the use of needles or intravenous tubes. Additionally, patients who traditionally have trouble getting numb have fewer issues when sedated and relaxed. About an hour prior to the appointment, the patient will be asked to take a small pill that will make he/she drowsy. By the time a companion accompanies the patient to our office for the appointment, the patient will be feeling relaxed and calm. Once the patient is comfortable and completely relaxed, the doctor and experienced team will complete the dental procedure. After the treatment is completed, the companion will take the patient home to rest and sleep for a couple of hours after the appointment.
Nitrous oxide has been a mainstay of sedation dentistry for decades and is still the most frequently employed sedation technique today. Commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is used by over one-third of all U.S. dentists. Nitrous oxide is commonly used because within 5 minutes of inhaling the colorless, odorless gas pain is neutralized and a calm feeling spreads through the body. Within minutes, the dental procedure can begin and the patient will be completely relaxed. Nitrous oxide allows the dentist to alter the depth of sedation from minute to minute, making the experience pain and fear free. After the gas is stopped, the patient will return to normal within minutes. You will be able to safely drive yourself home and will not need an escort. Nitrous Oxide does not require the use of a needle, so those who are afraid of needles will benefit from this form of sedation. And, nitrous oxide is very safe with relatively few side effects.
Interested in Sedation Dentistry? You May be a Candidate!
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry include people who have:
• High fear
• Had traumatic dental experiences
• Difficulty getting numb
• A bad gag reflex
• Very sensitive teeth
• Limited time to complete their dental care
• Complex dental problems
• A fear of needles and shots
• An aversion to the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care
• Fear or embarrassment about their teeth