Most people know the importance of seeing the dentist regularly. However, fear and anxiety may prevent some from visiting the office as often as they need to—or from going altogether. This can lead to serious health conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Thankfully, for those who get nervous before their visits, we offer sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a relaxing alternative for those who are apprehensive of the dentist’s office. With the use of medication, we help you relax during dental procedures that may otherwise have you feeling uneasy.
Sound too good to be true? Curious as to how it works? Here are the three types of sedation we offer which allow our patients to enjoy anxiety-free dental care:
Oral Sedation: The patient will be given a prescription one hour before his or her appointment, which will be taken on an empty stomach. He or she will need someone to take them to and from the appointment, as the effects kick in and wear off.
Sublingual Sedation: The superior alternative to IV sedation. We place a drug over the sublingual gland (under the tongue) where it soaks into your bloodstream, eliminating the need to stick your arm with a needle. It’s a more pleasant administration and just as effective (money-back guaranteed). The only downside is that it takes about a half-hour to start working. However, our patients take that time to relax in the dental chair as they slip slowly into sedation. Since the drug is so effective, patients will be partially sedated for the remainder of the day and will require a ride home.
Nitrous Oxide: In this form of sedation, also called laughing gas, you have more control. If the patient feels overwhelmed by the sedation, he or she can breathe out of their mouth and lessen the feeling immediately. On the other hand, if the patient feels like he or she isn’t sedated enough, we are able to increase the amount of nitrous being received. Unlike the other two forms of sedation, patients will be allowed to drive home afterward, as the effects will wear off only minutes afterward. This method is also safe to use during pregnancy.
In addition to helping our patients cope with anxiety, sedation can help those who suffer from extreme gag reflex. This is especially helpful for restorative and cosmetic procedures, which both require extensive work.
The bottom line is that no one should have to battle anxiety to keep their teeth clean. With the help of sedation dentistry, you can keep your smile strong and healthy without breaking a sweat. So, if you get nervous before visiting the dentist, call our office today to ask if sedation dentistry is right for you.