Delaying treatment you need and want? Scared, even terrified, to pick up the phone to schedule? In pain especially when you eat? Someone who has trouble with gagging or getting numb?
Anxiety free and Sedation Dentistry may be your answer!
Which patients benefit the most from sedation?
•People with high dental anxiety and fear •Those with a severe gag reflex •People who have difficulty getting numb
If you have ever been afraid to go to the dentist, you know the unbearable terror that comes with stepping foot into a dental office. You avoid receiving treatment at any cost, regardless if you are in pain or discomfort.
It is important to remember that dentistry has come a long way. Countless years of research have been dedicated to studying and finding methods to alleviate pain and anxiety.
Most commonly, oral sedation (usually in the form of anti-anxiety oral medications) is prescribed for relieving anxiety before a dental appointment. In dentistry, the most commonly prescribed drugs for anxiety belong to the "benzodiazepine" family. You've probably heard of them by their tradenames - for example, Valium or Xanax.
Single dose oral medication can be combined with nitrous oxide gas during the dental appointment.
Sedation or "relaxation dentistry" can help you regain your health and give you the fabulous smile you've always wanted.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It's colorless, sweet-smelling, and nonirritating. After 5 minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. Often people get 'the giggles' (hence the name laughing gas!).
The equipment used for delivering nitrous oxide is quite simple. The desired level is fed through a tube to which a nasal hood attached. This hood is put over your nose. All you have to do now is breathe normally through your nose.
* Nitrous oxide works very rapidly - it reaches the brain within 20 seconds, and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes.
* The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment, allowing the person who administers the gas to increase or decrease the depth of sedation.
* There's no "hangover" effect - the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and don't need an escort.
* Inhalation sedation has been found to be very effective in eliminating or at least minimizing severe gagging.
Please let us know if you would like to try a 5 minute 'sample' . This is a good way to find out if nitrous oxide is something you may want to use during your future dental treatments.
Nitrous can be combined with oral sedatives if nitrous oxide alone does not fully relieve the anxiety.