Dental phobia interferes with many people’s ability to maintain their standard oral care. It’s easy to decide to cancel your appointment and “re-book later” when you are feeling anxious. If something is painful, discolored, chipped or bothersome in any way, patients may get ahead of themselves in feeling overwhelmed by the thought of treatment. Whether you are afraid of needles, are embarrassed that you have let issues with your smile go so far or deal with ultra-sensitivity, there is no longer a reason to hide from your dentist. Sedation dentistry makes receiving care as comfortable as relaxing in an easy chair.
If you’re afraid of needles, the good news is that one of the most popular methods for sedation is the use of pills. Oral sedation gives us a choice of medications that can be used in various situations. In addition, inhalation conscious sedation — the delivery of nitrous oxide through a mask that fits over the nose — is another method that’s needle-free, and provides a mild sense of euphoria during treatment, with no “hangover” effect afterward. Via Dear Doctor
Needles, Nitrous and Oral Medication
If you are going to have a simple filling, a quick needle and topical anesthetic is a common option. Nitrous oxide is often used by patients of all ages to feel more relaxed and calm while remaining conscious during treatment. However, if you are having a root canal or multiple deep fillings, you may wish to discuss intravenous options for longer and more complicated procedures.
IV sedation offers patients an effective alternative to general anesthesia, especially for those who would want to get a high sedation level, yet would like to avoid general anesthesia simply because they are not medically fit for such or they want to be spared from paying a higher cost, as well face greater risks of complications. Given that patients remain conscious during the procedure, this makes IV sedation a safer alternative. Via Dental Town
General anesthetic is additionally available for patients who qualify and prefer to fall asleep and wake up in recovery. When you are completely put under, you are monitored by an anesthesiologist at all times.
“All dentists who offer the range from mild sedation to general anesthesia must be adequately trained and conversant with advances in these practices. The safety and welfare of the patient is unquestionably the primary concern for all of us who administer these wonderful services.” Via The American Dental Association
Discuss Your Sedation Options
Being forthcoming about your dental fears will allow the dentist to put your mind about ease and offer the best treatment options. Some people need to use sedation for regular cleanings due to their sensitivity problems. Others will only need sedation for longer or more complex treatments. Everyone is different and there is a safe and effective oral sedation method available for every patient.
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Dr. Robert Harrell and his devoted team at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne are happy to help you navigate through the sedation options to determine which will be the best choice for you. Every patient has different concerns and pain thresholds. What works for some may not be ideal for you. We will work with you to create a sedation dentistry plan that is geared to your unique circumstances.
Minimize Your Appointments
Individuals facing extensive smile restoration may prefer to explore sedation dentistry strictly from a time and cost perspective. Multiple appointments can often be combined if the patient utilizes sedation options. Instead of booking separate appointments, several issues can be addressed at the same visit. This is a major consideration for many.
Leave your fear and anxiety behind and enjoy your dentist appointments from here on out. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule a free, no-obligation smile consultation with Dr. Harrell. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your sedation dentistry treatment is complete.