Does fear keep you away from the dentist’s office? When you do go to the dentist, do you experience unpleasant sensations, such as a strong gag reflex, or an inability to get numb? If so, then sedation dentistry can help you. By overcoming your anxiety, you can not only get the dental treatments you want or need, but you can also have a more pleasant dental experience.
When Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Sedation dentistry can help people with all levels of dental anxiety, from having a hard time making a dental appointment to those who cannot sit comfortably in the chair at the dentist’s office. If you experience any of the following, sedation dentistry can help:
- Fear of the dentist
- Unpleasant association with sights sounds or smells at the dentist
- Strong gag reflex
- Difficulty getting numb
- Excessive discomfort due to dental treatment
- Difficulty sitting still for dental treatment
- Need to schedule a long complicated dental procedure
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a proven, safe technique for achieving a relaxed state and greater comfort at the dentist’s office. Almost everyone who will benefit is a candidate.
However, you may not be able to use this technique if you are allergic to the medications used, or if you have certain heart conditions or sleeping disorders. We will talk to you about your medical history to ensure that it is safe for you to use the procedure.
For any level of dental anxiety, oral sedation (anti-anxiety medication) can be prescribed for relief in the days or hours leading up to your dental appointment and of course for during the appointment too. In addition, our staff is specifically trained to help ease any discomfort and make your entire experience a calm and pleasant one.
For sedation dentistry during a procedure, Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a colorless, flavorless, anesthetic, and analgesic that when inhaled, lessens pain and induces a pleasurable, euphoric feeling. This is a popular relaxation option since to use it, all one need do is breathe.
With an Anesthesiologist
For the ultimate in relaxation and pain management, Nicolas A. Ravon DDS MSD offers both IV Sedation and General Anesthesia. During these options, the patient is unconscious and resting under the care of a board-certified, licensed Anesthesiologist.
You don’t have to fear the dentist, and you don’t have to skip essential dental work because of your fear anymore.