While millions of people confidently visit their dentist regularly, some come with a level of anxiety. Because it is vital to ensure your teeth are healthy, Dr. Allan S. Thomas offers various services to make visits worry-free and successful.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
One effective service is Sedation Dentistry, which involves the use of sedation by a specially trained dentist to allow patients feel calm and comfortable during a dental treatment.
Various kinds of sedations are available, depending on the patient and the level of discomfort. For example, mild sedation can be used for minor dental procedures, such as a filling or even a cleaning. Other procedures, such as performing a root canal, tooth crown or dental implants, may require heavier sedation.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?
You should consider Sedation Dentistry if you have:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder;
- negative or traumatic past dental experiences;
- especially sensitive teeth or oral nerves;
- easily-triggered gag reflex;
- complicated dental issues that require long appointments; or
- strong phobias related to visiting the dentist.
With sedation as a safe and federally approved procedure, your dentist will discuss tailored options with you. Be assured that while a patient is under sedation, the dentist and staff continually monitor the patient to ensure all is proceeding as planned.
Dr. Allan S. Thomas offers both Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious Sedation. Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a treatment that helps you to relax during a dental procedure. The gas should wear off quickly, and most everyone is able drive themselves home afterward. Oral Conscious Sedation is the use of a sedative that you take orally before the procedure. This kind of sedation allows you to get the care that you need without the discomfort or worry.
We hope this has helped you feel better informed on the options for a pain-free dental treatment. If you’re feeling anxious about an upcoming procedure, we are happy to answer all your questions. Please contact us so we can make your next visit to Dr. Thomas worry-free and successful.