For ages,”going to the dentist” has been associated with pain, anxiety and fear. If you’ve ever been afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. At Alamo Dental Health, understand the mental pain and anxiety which stems from past experiences or the unspoken expectation that it could hurt. We’re not only committed to providing our patients with pain-free dental experiences, we’re also committed easing our patients’ anxiety and fear at each step. This is now easier than ever thanks to Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry offers more than just freedom from physical pain; it also offers a solution for the anxiety and fear many patients struggle with before their treatment. Through various medications and agents, we are able to give you a pain and fear free dental experience. Gone are the days of anxiety keeping you from getting the smile you truly want.
Many of our patients who have suffered their whole lives from dental anxiety find themselves finally able to face their fears after they’ve experienced Sedation Dentistry. Once they realize that they can continue to have fear-free dental visits, they often choose to continue to have future dental work completed while sedated. People whose mouths were falling apart because they couldn’t bare to face a dentist now have beautiful, healthy smiles and face the dentist and life with a new confidence.
Why Sedation Dentistry
When you can undergo dental work and associate it with a positive experience, why not? It is a safe way to alleviate the fear of drills. Patients who have stayed away from the dentist for years due to their fear find themselves with advanced stages of dental diseases. Being able to clear the emotional hurdles, means that these patients have the the chance to reclaim their smiles and their dental health.
Methods of Sedation
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is the mildest type of sedation. Breathing in the laughing gas helps patients relax and feel more at ease.
- Conscious Sedation is provides mild to moderate sedation. For Conscious Sedation, patients take a medication by mouth, which creates a feeling of comfort and relaxation for one to several hours. Oftentimes, memory of the dental visit is vague creating an additional level of emotional comfort for future dental visits. If you know you need dental care, but are putting it off because you dread going to the dentist, call us today. Make an appointment to talk to us about Conscious Sedation. Your solution is just a phone call away.
- Deep Sedation by IV is also a common method for sedating a patient for dental visits, especially wisdom teeth extractions.
- General Sedation is most often used in hospital settings and is rarely seen in dental offices. Since other methods of sedation lend themselves to dental applications, our office does not make use of this sedation level as it is virtually never needed.
Sedation is a very safe procedure.
Sedation is practically the most economical method for caring for a patient with dental anxiety. When dental problems are left untreated due to a high level of anxiety, they become more difficult and more costly to treat. Therefore, undergoing dental care as early as possible under the safe effect of sedation is by far the most economical way to care for one’s dental health.
Patients undergoing dental care with laughing gas remember everything as the nitrous oxide effect on the human brain is limited to reducing anxiety and mildly reducing perception of pain. However, patients undergoing dental care under the effect of anxiolytics (sedation medications) remember some, little, or nothing from the treatment visit. This is the main reason our patients carefully coordinate their treatment with our office by taking care of all consents, questions, payments prior to treatment appointment, and are driven home by a family member.
Each sedation method affects patients differently. While laughing gas effects are over when the treatment is over, medication based sedation causes a longer effect. Patients are advised to take the entire day off from work or other activities and to have someone accompany them for the rest of the day. Many of our patients report going home and having a big lunch then taking a nap in the afternoon. They describe their day as being one of their most relaxing days!