October 28, 2017
When was the last time you saw the dentist? If you’re following doctor’s orders, then the answer to that question is a date in the last six months. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone have at least two dental checkups per year. However, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who simply cannot overcome their dental anxiety, then your last appointment may be a distant memory. In that case, consider sedation dentistry. With this safe and effective treatment, you can have the dental care you need so your smile is attractive and your mouth is healthy.
Nitrous Oxide for the Jitters
If your dental anxiety strikes at about the same time that you sit down in the dentist’s chair, then nitrous oxide just might be perfect for you. Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen. As you breathe normally through a small mask placed over your nose, this gas makes your body relax and puts your mind at ease. You remain fully conscious with nitrous oxide, and the effects wear off quickly when the mask is removed so you can get back to your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation for Moderate to Severe Anxiety
If you’re the type of dental patient who becomes nervous over the thought of your appointment, then oral conscious sedation is probably a better option for you than nitrous oxide.
With this, you take a dose of a mild sedative about one hour before coming to the dentist’s office. By the time you arrive, the medication is in your system and you’ll already be calm and relaxed. Of course, people respond differently to oral sedatives, so if necessary the dentist can administer nitrous oxide for added relaxation.
Although you will remain awake during an appointment, oral conscious sedation often has an amnesiac effect that may make it difficult to remember your treatment. Because you’ve taken a sedative, you’ll need a friend or relative to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation for a Variety of Dental Needs
IV sedation is not only appropriate for patients that have severe dental anxiety, but also for anyone needing multiple restorative and cosmetic procedures or oral surgery. In addition, this form of sedation may be appropriate for patients with special needs.
As the name suggests, the sedative medication is delivered directly into the bloodstream. The dosage is easily adjustable if a deeper level of sedation is necessary. Breathing, heart rate and pulse (vitals) are all monitored by the dentist and an anesthesiologist during any procedure.
Like oral conscious sedation, IV sedation means that you must have someone accompany you to the dentist. It may also be a good idea to have a friend or relative keep an eye on you for the day while your recover.
Sedation dentistry offers anxious patients a safe and effective way to have any kind of dental care without fear. Ask your dentist for more information.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Block proudly follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, offering quality dental care that is compassionate and knowledgeable. If you would like to consider sedation dentistry in Fremont, Dr. Block and his staff would be glad to discuss the best option for you.
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