Are you apprehensive about seeing the dentist?
A rather large portion of our population have dental anxiety, and because of it those individuals often avoid going to the dentist. Unfortunately, avoidance of dental care can lead to serious dental problems down the line, involving expensive and uncomfortable treatments.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is designed for patients who are anxious about receiving dental treatment. SD provides a safe and effective way to alleviate dental anxiety, and allows patients to receive the treatment they need.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
There are three main levels of Sedation; minimal, moderate, and deep. At our office we take part in all three via nitrous oxide, oral sedation (OS), and for our extremely apprehensive patients IV sedation.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a mask and will wear off minutes after the procedure. OS is one of the most common forms of Sedation and works to alleviate our patients fears by making use of a prescription medication that induces a drowsy and relaxed state. The medication is administered orally, and patient’s vitals are monitored. IV sedation, as mentioned above, is reserved for our most anxious patients. The medication is administered intravenously and will leave patients either almost unconscious or completely unconscious for their procedure.
Why Should I Take Advantage of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is an ideal option for patients who have any of the following concerns:
- Dental Anxiety/Fear of going to the Dentist
- Difficulty Getting Numb
- Very Sensitive Teeth
- Extensive Dental Needs
- Discomfort with Needles and Shots
Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone, but if you have been avoiding the dentist due to any of the above concerns we welcome you to give us a call or ask your dentist about Sedation Dentistry.
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