Patients are able to have a positive outlook and experience about their dental visits with the use of sedation dentistry. Those who were once nervous or afraid about even the most routine dental procedures, can now visit the dentist with assurance. For healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety, sedation dentistry is a great option. Typical reasons for needing this anti-anxiety dentistry technique include prolonged procedure times, dental phobias, or a past fearful experience.
Is It Possible For Those With Dental Anxieties To Remain Calm During Dental Treatment? Yes, Thanks To Anti-Anxiety Dentistry! For too many people, the fear of the dentist prevents them from seeking oral care.
For too many people, the fear of the dentist prevents them from seeking oral care. Ironically, avoiding regular visits often leads to the need for more intensive treatments. At Schaffer Dental Excellence, we work closely with patients to address dental anxieties, so they are at ease during dental appointments. We offer three types of sedation dentistry to meet the needs of our patients.
Nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative known as laughing gas because of its calming effect. Patients remain awake but are able to relax during dental work.
Oral conscious sedation is given in pill form. It can be prescribed ahead of time to be taken at home an hour before the appointment, or patients can take it in the office. Patients experience a deeper calm than with inhaled sedation but remain conscious through treatment.
IV sedation is administered through a needle and can be regulated as needed. Some patients choose to remain conscious, while others are best served by sleeping through treatment. This is especially helpful for extreme dental anxieties and children and adults with special needs who may have difficulty sitting through treatment.
Patients are closely monitored throughout treatment to ensure continued comfort and safety. We advise patients to bring a friend or family member to drive them home after sedation dentistry.