Going to the dentist can be frightening to or cause anxiety in different people. In some cases, this can lead a person to refuse to see a dentist – even if they are in pain, have an obvious dental problem, or their oral health is otherwise suffering.
The last thing we want is for patients to miss their regular cleanings or to fail to get the care they need – but we also don’t want anyone feeling anxious or frightened when visiting us here at Gladstone Family Dentistry. That’s why we provide patients with a solution: Sedation Dentistry.
Have a Dental Appointment? Now You Can Hit Snooze
Sedation dentistry doesn’t actually mean that you’re asleep through the whole procedure. Often, it can make a patient feel calmer and more relaxed during their dental cleaning or a more in-depth procedure.
The first step is letting us know about your discomfort or anxiety. We work hard here at Gladstone Family Dentistry to accommodate our patient’s needs and to make them as comfortable as possible. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a while, be sure to call us in advance and share your concerns. We are happy to make your check in as swift and anxiety-free as possible. You can even fill out the majority of patient forms online before you even head into the office.
Then, once you have arrived, our dentists and technicians will work with you to find the right sedation solution for your needs. There are three options available at our office. These are:
This involves inhaling nitrous oxide – or laughing gas. An inhaled gas sedative is a safe and straightforward solution to dental anxiety because it takes effect rapidly – and wears off quickly. Laughing gas is administered through a unique nose mask, so the dentist can work on your teeth while you lounge in comfort. Once the mask is removed, the gas will fully exit your body rapidly.
Using oral sedation requires a little more coordination than using nitrous oxide. The sedative may need to be taken the night before or morning of your dental procedure. If you are prescribed an oral sedative, be sure to set up a ride to and from Gladstone Family Dentistry.
While you won’t be asleep during the procedure, this type of sedative can alleviate stress and worry. Many patients only vaguely remember the dental work after the sedative wears off – and instead feel comfortable and relaxed afterward.
The least common type of dental sedation is that administered through an IV. We use an anesthesiologist to administer and monitor this drug. Though it’s rarely used, it’s a great solution for anyone who is anxious and needs a longer dental procedure done.
Although IV sedation wears off relatively quickly, it’s best to have a ride arranged for after your dental work. Getting this type of sedative is a perfect excuse to take the rest of the day off and binge watch your favorite show after your procedure!
Not only do we provide sedation to our anxious patients, but we also have created a calm, inviting environment in our office space to help you feel comfortable right when you walk in. So, if you suffer from dental anxiety, but you really need to get an oral health checkup, dental cleaning, or other care – let us know. We will do everything in our power to make your appointment as pleasant, comfortable, and stress-free as possible.