PAINLESS DENTAL TREATMENT
If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may benefit from intravenous conscious sedation. This sedation dentistry option can be an excellent way to decrease one’s fears about going to the dentist – a first step in obtaining the treatment necessary for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Sleep dentistry, or sedation dentistry, is a dental solution designed for patients who dread going to the dentist. Many people feel afraid or uncomfortable when they are placed in vulnerable positions like the dental chair and may experience dental anxiety as a result. Sleep dentistry is an option for patients who fear dental procedures, fear needles, have difficulty with their gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, or have difficulty becoming numb from oral injections.
Sleep dentistry offers pain-free and anxiety-free dental procedures as patients are in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive. Sleep dentistry also provides an opportunity to perform multiple or lengthy dental procedures in one session, minimizing the number of visits a patient has to make and ultimately reducing the build-up of anxiety prior to each dental visit.
Though in extreme cases, or for more complicated procedures, unconscious sedation through general anesthesia may be required, generally sleep dentistry involves conscious sedation. By the time they've arrived, patients will be awake, but drowsy, and anxiety-free. During the procedure, patients aren't unconscious, but mentally "detached" from what's going on, and before they know it, the dentist will be telling them the dental procedure is over and they can go home.
Who can benefit from intravenous conscious sedation?
• The person who has:
- high fear of visiting the dentist
- had traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- who gag easily
- very sensitive teeth
- complex dental problems that require lengthy appointments
• Person who:
- hate needles and shots
- hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with the dental office
- people who are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth
• Will I feel any pain?
Most patients feel no discomfort during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.
• Will I be totally relaxed, will I remember anything and will I feel groggy?
You will receive just enough sedation so that you'll be completely unaware of the treatment. At the end of the treatment, you'll have little or no memory of your dental visit. You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home.
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