Is it ironic that one of the best people you can talk to if you are afraid to go to the dentist is… a dentist? It’s true. We understand and are trained to help you get the dental care you need without the fear, stress or anxiety that can be so debilitating. We’ll find a way to help you relax and be as comfortable as possible.
If it has been a long time since you’ve been brave enough to even step foot in a dental office, take that step with us. We won’t judge you… we’ re just happy to be a part of helping you deal with the anxiety.
What can a sedation dentist do for you?
Depending on your level of anxiety and the scope of the treatment you need, we have several different options available to you. We will discuss those options thoroughly with you prior to treatment, making sure that you understand those options, and are comfortable before moving forward.
What is conscious sedation?
Perhaps the biggest surprise for most patients is an option called “conscience sedation.” While you are not completely unconscious during your dental treatment, you will likely not remember anything the appointment.
How does it work? We’ll prescribe an oral sedative to be taken before your appointment. You will need to find someone to transport you to and from your appointment, as this type of sedation makes it impossible for you to drive. When the full effects of the sedative are realized, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, very sleepy and indifferent to discomfort. Conscience sedation is safer than being under a general anesthetic. It leaves your protective natural reflexes (such as coughing) functional. We will use a pulse oximeter to monitor your vital functions during procedures to provide that extra measure of reassurance and safety.
Some patients have extreme levels of anxiety and may be able to fight off the effects of this sedative. If you think that might be you, we still have options that could work.
If you’d like more information on sedation dentistry at Sedalia Dental, call us or request an appointment online so we can work together to get you the treatment you need.