Are you one of the 45 million Americans who are missing out on routine dental cleanings, check-ups and necessary dental work because anxiety or a fear of the dentist is keeping you away?
Am I a Candidate?
You may be a candidate if you have:
A sensitive gag reflex
A previous traumatic experience
Extra sensitive teeth
Difficulty getting numb
Difficulty keeping your mouth open
Sensitivity to noises, smells or tastes you associate with dental care
A phobia of needles or shots
Extensive work or multiple procedures and want them all done at one time
Some patients fear these factors, but with sedation, their awareness and memory of the procedure is completely blocked out.
Types of Sedation
Depending on the extent of the anxiety, oral sedation or nitrous oxide can be used to make your dental experience a comfortable one.
Also known as laughing gas, is used to induce a state of relaxation.
The dental sedation methods listed above can provide varying degrees of sedation. These include:
Light sedation. Nitrous oxide or oral medications are the most commonly used sedation methods to induce this type of relaxation.
At your initial consultation, where the entire process is explained, we will review your medical history and take baseline readings of your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation level. We will also review pre-op and post op instructions and schedule your conscious sedation dental work.
At your appointment, you will be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by. Our specially trained team will monitor you throughout the appointment. Your vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level) are fully monitored until your appointment is over. When you wake, you will be done with the procedure and feel relaxed and comfortable. And best of all, you usually will not remember the treatment appointment.
We do offer Nitrous Oxide as an alternative to Oral Sedation Dentistry.