Dental anxiety can be paralyzing to a patient. About 50% of the population experiences dental anxiety at some point. For these people, coming to the dentist feels like a task that they just can't bring themselves to complete. As a providing practice, we understand - and do everything we can to help combat that fear, including offering sedation dentistry to our patients.
From the minute you walk into the door, our staff will help ensure that you feel comfortable. We'll walk you through your visit and see to it that all of your questions are answered. When it comes time for your treatment, put your mind at ease by knowing that we offer multiple sedation dentistry options that can help.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is used as a method of light sedation dentistry. It’s often called “laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide is administered through a small mask that fits comfortably over the patient’s nose. It starts working almost instantly, and really helps to relax the patient. Although relaxed, you will still be completely conscious and able to ask any questions you may have throughout your visit.
As you near the end of your appointment, the nitrous will be switched off and replaced with oxygen. The effects of the gas wear off quickly, allowing the patient to resume their normal tasks. This allows the patient to be comfortable during treatment, but they can also drive themselves home from their appointment.
Oral sedation involves a prescribed medication that is often taken one hour prior to an appointment. The medication takes approximately 30 minutes to start working (the exact time varies from patient to patient). If you choose to have an oral sedative, you will need to have a ride both to and from your appointment.
Once this form of sedation dentistry begins to work, you will feel very relaxed. Patients often report temporary amnesia, meaning you may not remember your treatment.
Conscious IV Sedation
For our patients undergoing lengthy procedures, conscious IV sedation is a great choice. This type of sedation dentistry is administered through an IV, and the effects are almost instant. During your treatment, you will be conscious and able to ask questions and interact with Dr. Thanik. You may also experience temporary amnesia, forgetting the treatment that has taken place. Like oral sedation, you will want to have a ride to and from your appointment.
For patients with extreme dental anxiety, general sedation dentistry is the deepest type of sedation that we offer. It is administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist that regularly teams up with our practice. These providers will ensure you are comfortable and deeply sedated during treatment. This is the same type of sedation that is often used during general surgery, and you will likely not remember any of the treatment that has been completed. If you choose this type of sedation, you will need make sure you have a ride to take you home from your appointment.
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