Millions of Americans experience dental anxiety or fear of going to see the dentist. This prevents patients from feeling comfortable of going to the dentist to receive the dental care they need. If dental anxiety or fear is keeping you from seeing the dentist, sedation dentistry can help to make you feel more comfortable during your dental treatment.
Opting for dental sedation provides you with the opportunity to ease dental anxiety and avoid delaying your dental care that you need. Some of the situations we recommend opting for sedation include:
– Past negative experiences
– Mild to severe dental phobia
– Complex treatment needs
– Difficulty sitting still
– Multiple procedures in one visit
– Sensitive gag reflex
At Sloan Creek Dental, we’ve centered our care around providing a positive experience at the dentist where you may safely get the care you need. Our Fairview dental office conveniently offer 3 types of sedation depending on your level of apprehension including nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. In addition to sedation options, Dr. Feng’s gentle approach and advanced treatments ensure you can receive care no matter the treatment you’re receiving. We want you to feel confident, comfortable, and stress free while you’re receiving the best dental experience at Sloan Creek Dental.
Commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through the nose to help you relax and lessen pain. Nitrous oxide is the safest and most convenient form of sedation because the gas takes just a few minutes to set in and leaves your system quickly once the treatment is over. Most patients on nitrous oxide will feel a deep sense of relaxation and stay awake during the entire procedure, but some people may fall asleep. Almost anyone can use nitrous oxide to help them feel more comfortable during dental treatments, and you can go on with your day as normal immediately after you leave the dental office.
If you have moderate to severe dental anxiety, then IV sedation may be the best option for you. With IV sedation, medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream. Because of this, it only takes a couple of minutes to start feeling sedated. Patients typically report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Like with oral conscious sedation, you will need a designated driver to take you home because you may continue to feel sleepy and groggy after the treatment.
Before treatment begins, our team makes certain you are resting comfortably and ready to move forward with treatment. During treatment, most patients fall into a relaxed state but remain responsive enough to answer our questions. Throughout the process, our team monitors your blood pressure, oxygen intake, and heart rate. Once treatment is complete, a team member stays with you until you are alert and ready to go home with a companion. As mentioned previously, a companion is not needed for nitrous oxide “laughing gas”.
During your new patient exam and dental consultation, we’ll review your medical history to determine if there are any factors that would contraindicate the use of nitrous oxide, taking any oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation. If there are none, sedation can be used with any treatment you feel nervous about. We’ll review your options and discuss what the treatment will be like with sedation. If you’re nervous about treatment, talk to us as our goal is to make you feel completely confident and comfortable during, before, and after your treatment.