If you are one of the millions of Americans who avoid dental treatment because you are nervous or anxious, sedation dentistry may be the solution for you. Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry offers a safe and effective way to calm nervous patients and make their dental visits a more pleasant experience.
Dr. Sanders and Dr. Soult are certified dentists who have been specially trained in sedation dentistry and can offer various levels of sedation to fit each patient’s needs. Whether you are seeking a simple cleaning or more complex dental work, we can help you get the treatment you need without the anxiety.
Sedation dentistry can include the use of nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or IV sedation.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective way to relax patients during dental procedures.
The nitrous oxide process begins with the placement of a small mask over the patient’s nose. The gas is then inhaled, and within minutes, the patient will begin to feel its effects.
Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that helps to take the edge off dental anxiety and can make even the most nervous patients feel more at ease. It is important to note that nitrous oxide does not put patients to sleep and they will be able to hear and respond to questions throughout the procedure.
When the procedure is over, the patient will quickly return to normal with no lingering side effects.
Oral sedatives are another option for patients who experience dental anxiety. Oral sedatives are taken in pill form an hour before the scheduled procedure.
Like nitrous oxide, oral sedatives are a mild sedative that will help take the edge off dental anxiety. Patients who choose this option should have someone drive them to and from their appointment as they may be drowsy after the procedure.
IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients who experience more severe dental anxiety.
With IV sedation, the medication is administered through a small IV in the patient’s arm. The medication will quickly take effect and will make the patient feel relaxed and drowsy.
Patients who receive IV sedation will not be asleep during the procedure but will not remember much of it afterward. As with oral sedatives, patients who receive IV sedation should have someone drive them to and from their appointment.
If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you.
Thank you for considering Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry for your dental needs. We look forward to meeting you soon!
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