Should I consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you experience a high level of fear when visiting the dentist, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. We have also seen positive results with patients with the following dental histories & needs:
· Previous traumatic dental experiences
· Difficulty getting numb, or become very frightened about needles and shots
· Severe gag reflex
· Extremely sensitive teeth
· Extensive restorative needs and limited time for multiple appointments
· Chronic or acute jaw soreness
· Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
Conscious Sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes anxiety and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. You experience a state of very deep relaxation. Here’s how it works:
· Before your appointment - We will give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before or the morning of your appointment to place you in a fully relaxed state.
· Arriving for treatment - Your companion will bring you to our office, where we will make you comfortable with a warm blanket and music headphones in our treatment area.
· During your appointment - Dr. Durden will monitor you throughout your entire visit. We will complete your dental treatment while you are sedated, and you will be able to respond to Dr. Durden as necessary.
· After your appointment - Your companion will take you home and stay with you until you have fully recovered from your sedation medication.
· The next day - Most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the dental visit. Often, oral sedation medications have an amnesic effect – patients remember they went to the dentist, but not much about the dentistry itself.Our dental treatment areas are also equipped with Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for a mildly relaxing temporary effect during dental treatment.
Do you or a loved one experience strong fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist? Dental Sedation may be the solution – Contact Us to learn more.