Besides brushing and flossing at home, your smile relies on routine care from your dentist to stay healthy. Unfortunately, scheduling appointments is not easy for you because you have dental-related fears and phobias. You are not alone. In fact, as much as 20% of Americans avoid seeing their dentist because they are fearful. There is no need to worry. We can help you sit back and relax with sedation dentistry in Aurora.
Sedation dentistry is a popular option for those who have dental-related fears and phobias. While it is routinely used to help those in this situation, it can also benefit people who have unique circumstances when visiting the dentist, such as:
Sedation dentistry is often called “sleep dentistry,” which causes there to be some confusion about the practice. Contrary to what you may have heard, you are not asleep during your treatment. You remain conscious, but you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
After an initial consultation, we determine which type of sedation best meets your needs. We offer two forms:
More commonly called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that has held a commonplace in dentistry for decades. You inhale the sedative through a mask placed over your nose, which also allows us to control the amount administered to cater it to your personal needs. You quickly feel the effects of the sedative take hold as you reach a high level of relaxation. You will not feel any pain or fear, so we can quickly perform the necessary treatments. After your procedure is complete, we turn off the gas and its effects wear off quickly. You can resume your normal activities without any lingering side effects.
Oral conscious sedation (enteral sedation) is a prescribed sedative taken before your appointment. It commonly comes in liquid or pill form. It can be used alone or in combination with nitrous oxide. The sedative makes you feel completely at ease as it takes effect. You will be comfortable and relaxed to the point you may even fall asleep; however, you can be awakened easily.
It can take several hours for the effects of the sedative to dissipate, so you will need a friend or loved one to drive you home. It is best to spend the rest of the day relaxing.
If your fear of your dentist in Aurora is preventing you from scheduling an appointment, you can conquer your anxieties with sedation dentistry. We are trained and qualified to safely and effectively administer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
If you need a little extra help relaxing during your visit, we are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry.