Dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist, is a common problem of millions of people worldwide. Luckily, there is a solution for never missing a dentist appointment again because of the fear you feel. With sedation dentistry at Designed Smiles, we can provide dental procedures to patients who suffer from dental anxiety. The sedation will allow for patients to feel anxiety free during their entire visit to our dentist office in Brea. We offer a variety of sedation methods for the patient to choose from depending on their fears and the procedures they need. During the oral conscious sedation, the patient remains awake during the procedure, but feel very relaxed. It’s possible that the patient remembers little to none of the procedure after it’s over.
One form of sedation dentistry is from the use of pills, also known as oral sedation. The pill that is administered is usually Halcion, which is in the same group as Valium. This pill will completely relax the patient and if given a larger dose, it’s likely the patient will fall asleep during the procedure. The pill is to be taken an hour before the procedure and will stay in effect throughout the entire procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is given through a mask placed over your nose that administers oxygen with nitrous oxide. The gas allows for the patient to feel relaxed enough to have the required dental procedures while being conscious enough to know what’s happening. Your dentist will control the flow of the gas and will turn it off once necessary. The gas’s effects will wear off quickly after the gas has stopped.
Intravenous Sedation, or IV sedation is given with a needle directly into your vein. This allows for the drug to take effect more quickly. If you need more sedation, this method allows for the dentist to give you more sedation medicine if it is needed during the procedure.
Aside from the most obvious benefit, reducing dental anxiety, there are many more. Sedation dentistry allows for patients to have more than one procedure in their visit. Since they are able to sit still, they can get all of their work done in one visit instead of over the course of several which would normally occur because the anxiety. Another benefit is that you will never miss an appointment. Sedation dentistry makes all dental procedures more comfortable so it keeps the patient from dreading their visit. This results in the patient having an overall healthier oral health. Sedation dentistry is also great for those with special needs or having health problems that prevent them from being able to sit still.
If dental anxiety or a health problem that makes it hard for you to sit still has been keeping you from visiting the dentist for necessary work, please give us a call and let us know if you would like to try sedation dentistry. You can call us at 714-529-0100 or fill out our online contact form on our contact page. Don’t feel like you should avoid necessary dental care when there are great options available to help you overcome your dental anxiety.
To learn more, read our other pages and blogs: