Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax Throughout Treatment

You know that visiting the dentist is important. However, like many adults, you may suffer from dental anxiety. If you have severe anxiety, or dental phobia, you may even have delayed treatment for many years. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help you relax and receive the care you need. Dr. Henry Moore offers oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Both types are very safe, and we will help you select the right one for your procedure and emotional needs. Contact Dental Concepts to learn more about sedation dentistry and receive the treatment you need for a beautiful, healthy smile.

Safe, Effective Oral Conscious Sedation

Couple lying together with their heads togetherIf you suffer from severe anxiety, or if you are preparing for a more lengthy procedure, you may be a good candidate for oral conscious sedation. Dr. Moore will prescribe anti-anxiety medications, which will induce a “twilight sleep.” In this state, you will technically be awake, but you will not really be aware of what is going on around you. When the medication wears off, you not typically remember anything about your treatment. Dr. Moore will conduct a consultation and take your medical history the day before your appointment. Using this information, he can determine the medications and dosage that are right for you. In most cases, you will take a long-acting sedative at home the night before your visit. Then you will take an additional short-acting sedative here in the office. Dr. Moore will combine this medication with nitrous oxide to ensure your complete comfort.

Oral conscious sedation is not only effective; it is also very safe. Your swallowing and breathing will be unimpaired, and there is no risk of choking. Dr. Moore will monitor your oxygen and heartrate throughout your treatment. He keeps a reversal medication on site. This medication will keep you safe in the unlikely event that you have a poor reaction to oral conscious sedation. 

 Sedation dentistry can also be a good solution if you have a sensitive gag reflex. The medications can help you relax in the chair. Dr. Moore will also be able to work more quickly during your appointment, making dental care easier than ever before.

Nitrous Oxide Offers a Conservative Solution

If you have mild to moderate anxiety, you may be better suited to nitrous oxide. This odorless gas will not actually sedate you. However, it will take the edge off of your nerves and help you to relax during your treatment. Nitrous oxide may also make you feel slightly euphoric. For this reason, it is also known as laughing gas. Dr. Moore will administer nitrous oxide through a mask over your nose. If needed, he can adjust the amount of gas during your procedure.

The Benefits of Dental Sedation

Dental anxiety is a common problem, but it is not often discussed. Therefore, if you suffer from this condition, you may feel isolated. You may also have neglected dental care for many years, leading to severe or widespread damage. In turn, your compromised oral health can further intensify your worries. Dr. Moore and his team understand that dental anxiety is not your fault. Our compassionate treatment and various methods of sedation will allow you to receive the care you need for an improved smile.

Sedation dentistry can also be a good solution if you have a sensitive gag reflex. The medications can help you relax in the chair. Dr. Moore will also be able to work more quickly during your appointment, making dental care easier than ever before.

Find Out How We Can Help You Overcome Your Dental Anxiety

If the thought of a dental visit makes your nervous, you are not alone. Contact our office today to learn more about sedation dentistry and find out which method is right for you.