It’s not unusual if you suffer from dental fear and anxiety, with every dental appointment seeming to be an uncomfortable experience. Maybe you postpone dental treatments you urgently need because of your anxiety.
However, avoiding necessary dental procedures may very well lead to serious oral health issues and create the need for more expensive, extensive, and maybe even painful treatments down the line. Sedation dentistry may be the answer to your worries.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is an easy and safe way to help you relax when you have dental procedures and treatment. We provide a safe, comfortable environment for you to get the treatments you need in order to have a lifetime of great smiles. There are several options available to help ease your anxiety and calm your nerves.
One option is oral conscious sedation. We’ll give you a pill that you’ll take shortly before your procedure. The medication will put you in a semi-conscious, relaxed state. You remain awake and calm throughout the procedure, but the chances are very good that you will have no recollection of it once it’s complete.
An old dentist standby, nitrous oxide is more commonly known as laughing gas. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, you’ll breathe the gas through a mask that is snuggly fitter over your nose. You’ll feel the soothing effect almost immediately. Nitrous oxide helps you remain relaxed and calm during your procedure, and you’ll stay conscious and aware throughout. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas wear off very quickly.
Usually reserved for more extensive and complicated procedures, IV sedation is also a good option if you need to undergo multiple procedures simultaneously. Once the IV is gently inserted into your arm, your experienced sedation dentist can place you into a moderate or mild state of relaxation. You’ll remain relaxed and awake throughout the procedure, and the IV is monitored closely to make sure you are safe the entire time.
No need to put off treatments you need!
We understand the anxiety you may feel when it comes to dental procedures, and we are here to help! Give us a call today, and we’ll help set you on the path to a great smile.