Millions of Americans miss out on much-needed dental care every year due to fear and anxiety associated with the dentist, which often allows a minor problem to become a major one and cause significant pain. Dr. Doctor deeply empathizes with his more anxious patients, which is why he’s happy to offer sedation dentistry in Arlington. Whether you’re just a little nervous or completely terrified to visit the dentist, he can use one of the techniques below to guarantee a calm and cool appointment, free of stress and pain.
Oral conscious sedation
For patients with mild to a moderate dental phobia, Dr. Doctor can prescribe them a pill to take on the day of their appointment. That way, by the time they actually reach our dental office and sit in the chair, they’ll already be completely relaxed. Patients under this form of sedation typically stay awake the entire time, but the visit will seem to go by very fast, and most have little to no memory of their experience afterward.
Nitrous oxide sedation
Nitrous oxide is so effective that it has been used by dentists around the world for well over a century. It’s gentle enough for small children but strong enough for adults, helping “take the edge off” of dental nerves. A patient simply inhales the odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and this brings on a feeling of warmth and happiness, plus it numbs the body’s ability to feel physical discomfort. Once a procedure is over and the mask is taken off, a patient will feel completely normal in a few minutes and be able to resume their day.
With IV sedation, a sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream via a small injection in the hand or arm. It has similar effects to oral conscious sedation, but it acts much faster, plus this approach allows Dr. Doctor to adjust a patient’s sedation level in real-time to guarantee they are always comfortable. He typically recommends it for patients with extreme dental fear, those who need an extensive procedure, or people who want to have multiple treatments completed in a single appointment in order to save time.