Do you experience anxiety when you think about your next dental appointment? Has this anxiety stopped you from getting the dental care that you desperately need? At Skyline Family Dental, our sedation dentistry options help anxious patients feel better about their appointments and have a more enjoyable time at the dentist, even if they are concerned about a certain procedure.
What are Sedation Dentistry Treatments?
Sedation dentistry treatments are services that can be administered before an appointment to help a patient feel relaxed and at ease throughout their dental visit. Sedation dentistry doesn’t put patients to sleep during their appointment, but it does help them achieve a state of calm and comfort that will make any procedure easier.
During your appointment after a sedation dentistry treatment, you will still be able to answer questions, but you won’t have to worry about feeling anxious during your procedure. Many patients don’t even remember their procedures after the effects of the sedation has worn off.
At our practice we offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation options.
Nitrous Oxide | Nitrous oxide is a type of gas that has been used as a dental sedation method for decades. Patients love nitrous oxide, because it is easy, safe, and very effective. Nitrous oxide puts patients under very light sedation and wears off quickly enough that patients can even drive themselves to and from their dentist appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation | Oral conscious sedation achieves a slightly deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide. Oral conscious sedation patients are given a small, easy-to-swallow tablet to take about half an hour before their appointment. After the effects of the tablet have set in, Dr. Overholtzer will begin the appointment. Oral conscious sedation patients will need a driver to take them to and from their dentist appointment while the effects are still wearing off.
IV Sedation | IV sedation is administered prior to the patient’s appointment, using an IV. With IV sedation, patients can achieve a deep state of relaxation throughout any procedure. Like with oral conscious sedation, patients who participate in IV sedation will need to find someone to drive them to and from the dentist office.
If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, call us today. Dr. Overholtzer would be happy to meet with you to discuss which sedation dentistry method would best meet your needs.