Sedation, Other Ways To Relax At The DentistThursday, September 22nd, 2016
Before you do anything else, we want you to grab a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.
Got it? Now, write down the feelings that come to mind when you think about the dentist.
If you see the words fear, worry, anxiety, or something similar on your list, then this blog is for you. Even if you didn’t include those words, we encourage you to continue reading since today’s post may relate to someone you care about.
We are talking about dental anxiety and the ways that our dentist office has helped many patients in and around Danville, IL, manage that anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is an option at Advanced Smile Arts, but it’s only one of the ways we can make your dental care easier to receive.
Benefits Of Dental Sedation
Sedation dentistry can help anyone who experiences anxiety when they come to the dentist office or when they think about making a dental appointment.
Millions of people experience dental anxiety or dental fear, and this includes people who have become regular patients at our office. We can’t promise that your anxiety will vanish, but we are confident that dental sedation can make it easier to sit down in one of our dentist chairs for a cleaning or other procedure.
Dental anxiety can develop for a number of reasons, and your reasons for feeling anxious may be different than the next patient who walks through our doors. With this in mind, here are some of the common benefit of receiving dental sedation:
▸ You won’t feel any pain while you are sedated.
▸ You will be able to relax and remain calm.
▸ You will not gag.
▸ You will be able to complete complicated treatments in a single visit.
Kind Of Sedation Dentistry
We offer two forms of dental sedation at Advanced Smile Arts.
Nitrous oxide sedation is one of the simplest forms of dental sedation. It’s great for patients with mild or moderate dental anxiety.
You may not believe it, but nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has been used in dentistry for more than 160 years. This kind of sedation is easy to administer since all you have to do is breathe.
As long as you inhale the gas, you will continue to feeling it’s calming and pain-preventing effects. At the end of your treatment, we can turn it off, and within a matter of minutes, you will be able to go on with the rest of your day.
Our staff also has completed training through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. This allows us to offer oral conscious sedation as well.
This is a good option for any patient who has severe anxiety or who would prefer something stronger than nitrous oxide.
With oral sedation, you will be taking a dose of anti-anxiety medication, and its effects can last for hours. You will need a family member or a trusted friend to bring you to and from the office if you choose this form of sedation.
It will give you the same benefits as nitrous oxide. However, you should plan to rest for a few hours after your treatment if you receive oral sedation.
Other Ways To Relieve Anxiety
Some patients prefer to avoid sedation. That’s OK, too. It’s also why we offer other means of alleviating or managing your anxious feelings about dental care.
◼︎ Longer Appointments
When you call our office to schedule a visit, you can ask about making a longer appointment. Some patients find this beneficial.
This way, you know that you can take a break if you need one. Many people find that just knowing that they can break up their treatment into shorter segments makes it easier to receive.
We don’t mean Dr. Fuesting will be doing magic tricks or anything like that. We have televisions in our private rooms so you can focus your attention on one of your favorite shows instead of what’s happening in your mouth.
If you’d rather not see any of the sights or hear any of the sounds of dental care, we can provide headphones. This way you can close your eyes and listen to music instead.
Talk To Us
We would be happy to answer any questions you have about sedation dentistry or our approach to dental care at Advanced Smile Arts. Our dentist office has been serving patients in Danville, IL, for decades and if there is something we can do to make it easier for you to receive a dental cleaning or another service, please let us know.
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