Try as we might, it is practically impossible to undo the deeply-rooted emotional trauma that causes dental phobias. Whether you are gripped by a lifelong fear of the dental office or your anxiety just won’t allow you to sit still in the dental chair for more than a few moments, emotional stress can stand in the way of the dental care that you need.
We want you to know that we understand your concerns and you can depend on the full support of our team for help. We offer sedation dentistry to quiet your fears and boost your courage. There are various methods for achieving the appropriate level of sedation, and your options will be based upon your health and the extent of your anxiety.
When selected and administered properly, sedation dentistry can help you to overcome your fears, making your dental procedure more pleasant than you may have previously imagined. There are several methods for achieving satisfying levels of comfort:
Sedation dentistry can help you to overcome your fears, making your dental procedure more pleasant than you may have previously imagined.
- Oral conscious sedation – Commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medications and sedatives can be administered orally prior to your dental appointment. The type of medication and the dosage will be selected on an individual basis to evoke calm feelings and relaxation. Though this form of sedation is not meant to put you to sleep, many patients report a pleasantly drowsy sensation and only a limited recollection of the dental procedure.
- Inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide) – When you breathe nitrous oxide gas through a small nose mask, you will almost instantly feel your anxieties fade away as you become less concerned with the sounds and movements of the dental procedure. At the conclusion of the procedure, as you once again breathe more oxygenated air, you will feel more alert and aware of your surroundings.
- Intravenous (IV) – Lengthy or extensive dental procedures are sometimes better tolerated when you are asleep. IV sedation is administered directly into the blood stream with the rapid onset of deep sleep. You will retain your ability to breathe on your own as well as all other bodily functions, though you should expect to feel sleepy or drowsy for several hours after your procedure.
Contact our team today to learn more about making your upcoming visit as soothing as possible.