Does your child not like visiting the dentist? Have you avoided regular appointments or much needed dental care yourself because you’re afraid to go? If so, our team completely understands. Going to the dentist is no one’s favorite thing, but completely avoiding it is a guaranteed way to develop serious dental issues down the line. To help our more anxious patients, we can use sedation dentistry to calm racing thoughts and ease any tension so that everyone can have a relaxing appointment. Your comfort is extremely important to us, so please let us know if you think sedation would help at your next appointment. We’ll be happy to discuss your options.
If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make a shiver shoot down your spine, oral conscious sedation is an easy way to make those persistent dental nerves disappear. Your dentist will prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before your appointment, so that by the time you reach our office, you’ll already be mentally and physically relaxed. You’ll stay awake in the chair, but time will likely go by really fast, and you’ll have few or fuzzy memories of your visit afterward.
If you or your child just need a little help to get through your routine checkups and cleanings, nitrous oxide is a trusted method that dentists have used for over 100 years. A small mask is placed over the nose, and a patient just breathes in the colorless, odorless gas. Within a few minutes, a sense of warmth and wellbeing will come over them. When the mask is removed, a patient will feel completely normal within a few minutes and be able to quickly resume their day.
For patients with extreme dental phobia, those who need extensive dental work, or who have neck or back problems that make sitting for an entire appointment painful, IV sedation is a fast and effective treatment for taking the stress out of dental visits. An IV is placed in the hand or arm, and once the sedative is administered, the patient will quickly feel relaxed from head to toe. Even better, this approach enables us to alter a patient’s sedation level in real time, ensuring their comfort from moment to moment.