When a person suffers from dental anxiety or even a fear of the dentist (known as odontophobia), it can be extremely difficult to seek help for dental issues or even to attend routine checkups and hygiene visits. Sedation dentistry offers a solution for these patients, so they can turn formerly fearful office visits into positive experiences. With sedation dentistry, the patient receives their necessary dental treatment without any of the anxiety.
The mildest and most common form of dental sedation, the dentist prescribes a pill to be taken about an hour before the appointment time. The pill simply relaxes the patient, allowing them to sit comfortably for their procedure. Though some drowsiness may occur, there is no loss of consciousness with this sedation.
With this method, sedation is administered via an IV line by a trained anesthesia nurse (CRNA) who works alongside Dr. Johnson for the duration of the procedure. The patient sleeps through the visit, allowing them to be comfortable and anxiety-free. Recovery time is quick.
Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is commonly used by many dentists to induce a state of drowsy relaxation. The gas is inhaled through a mask while the dentist gives a local anesthetic, resulting in a relaxed and painless appointment.
If you have dental anxieties or phobias, ask Dr. Johnson about your options for sedation dentistry. Don’t ignore your oral health - instead, let us show you how to get through your procedures, pain and anxiety-free!