sTake the stress out of dental treatment with gentle, low-impact sedation
When it comes to all of the dental procedures available to you today and the drastic advances in dental technology, there are still a number of patients who get anxious when it comes to sitting in the dentist’s chair.
In fact, many patients postpone important dental procedures because of fear or anxiety that arises whenever they sit in the dentist’s chair. If you’re one of these people, fear not! Sedation dentistry is for you.
Sedation dentistry helps wash away your fears about virtually any procedure by blocking pain or anxiety with anesthesia or medication. Sometimes, both anesthesia and anti-anxiety mediation can be used, depending on the patient.
At this point, some patients wonder, “But doesn’t that mean there’s needles involved?” and the answer is, not exactly. For some patients, it’s not the drill or the act of simply being in the dentist’s chair that’s an issue: it’s the needle used for local anesthesia. If you’re one of those people, there’s also a solution for you.
Nitrous Oxide: Otherwise known as “laughing gas” has been used by dentists for many years due to its great performance as an anti-anxiety medication that quickly dissipates so that a simple dental procedure doesn’t leave you with all day “hangover”. Nitrous oxide gives you a sense of ease and euphoria that can effectively wash away any anxiety related to local-anesthesia needles, drills, and virtually any other aspect of the dental procedure at hand.
IV Sedation — IV sedation is the use of sedatives that are sent directly into the bloodstream intravenously. They are far more potent than when the same sedative is taken orally, and often result in patients waking up from dental procedures without even realizing they’d ever began. Due to the way IV sedation decreases your body’s functions like breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate, there is a slightly higher risk involved. For this reason, our dental team monitors patients with IV sedation constantly. For most patients, IV sedation is only required for more serious dental procedures and surgeries.
One of the most important parts about being a great family dentist is understanding our patients. A large part of that is understanding when there’s anxiety or fear about a particular procedure.
When you’re afraid of something and you anticipate pain, it’s not surprising that your pain threshold is dramatically influences. But it’s not just pain, it’s every sensation. From the sound of the drill to actual contact with your teeth. For this reason, sedation is often recommended for a number of procedures.
The important thing to remember is that every patient is unique.
What a friend or family member experienced with a particular dental procedure may not be what you experience. When it comes to anesthesia or sedation, the best treatment for you always begins with a conversation between our dental team and you.
Before we recommend any particular sedative, we’ll start with a complete overview of your health history to ensure our final recommendation is safe for your body.