Fear of needles or a bad experience in the dental chair can keep many people away from the dentist until an aching tooth brings them back. Dental Anxiety is common: 25 million Americans avoid the dentist because they are anxious or afraid. But…Imagine going to your dental visits without any apprehension or fear, being able to receive all your dental care in just one appointment, and achieving that beautiful smile you long for with virtually no pain!
For those who truly dread going to the dentist because of anxiety, dental phobias, severe gag reflexes, or sensitive teeth, sedation dentistry is the answer.
Sedation dentistry allows the patient to drift through even the most complex dental work in a semi-conscious state. You will feel completely relaxed throughout your visit, without any discomfort or pain, turning a stressful or lengthy visit into a pleasant and comfortable one. Some of those who enjoy sedation dentistry are simply busy people who use it because they don’t have the time to schedule multiple appointments, preferring to get all their work done in one visit. It is also a great solution for those who have had trouble getting numb in the past.
Sedation Dentistry is a term that refers to the use of anesthesia during treatment to put patients into a relaxed state, like sleep. While sedation implies that patients are unconscious, this is usually not the case. There are many forms of sedation, from simply alleviating anxiety, to “conscious sedation”, which places you in a “twilight sleep”. Conscious sedation is a safe, precise, and highly effective technique for management of moderate to more severe levels of dental fear. This method may also be used for patients who are not physically or behaviorally able to cooperate with dentistry.
Our caring Doctors will discuss with you any concerns or fears you may have, and the sedation dentistry technique recommended will depend upon the treatment being performed and the degree of your anxiety. They will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for moderate sedation with oral sedatives, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), or deeper sedation with intravenous drugs. Our Doctors have received advanced certification and training in I.V. Sedation, and with their combined 60 years of experience, you will be in the best of hands. Whatever your dental needs or desires may be, don’t let anxiety keep you from having that brilliant healthy smile you so deserve.