Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience any more! Many people in our hometown of San Antonio struggle to even pick up the phone and call the dentist because they are so nervous about coming into the office for an appointment. With sedation dentistry, you can put every fear out of your mind!
There are many reasons why someone comes to fear the dental office. Most often, it is a result of past experiences that caused the patient to feel extreme fear. We see a lot of this happening in childhood. Sometimes it is a result of a dentist who isn’t kind, but other times it’s a matter of a child who simply didn’t understand what was happening.
No matter what happened in the past, it is time to focus on how you can get great oral health NOW. There’s no longer a reason to feel nervous or afraid to call our office. We have sedation options for every patient and every situation. All you need to do is come in and see what we have to offer!
Why Would Sedation be Necessary?
Sedation plays many roles in the dentist’s office. Sedation is most often associated with a patient who feels a lot of fear or anxiety in the office, but that’s not the only time it is helpful. We also turn to sedation for procedures that are long and complex. Sedation allows you to get that entire procedure completed in one appointment rather than sitting in the chair as long as you can stand, then coming back for more work later!
Sedation also benefits some special circumstance cases, like someone with a sensitive gag reflex, or a patient with special needs. In both of these instances, the only great way for the patient to really get quality dental care is to have access to sedation.
What are My Options?
When considering sedation, you should know that there are a few levels of sedation for you to consider. We will help you make the best decision based on your health history and your needs. Let’s take a look at the three options we offer here at Advanced Dental Associates.
Nitrous Oxide – The most common form of sedation is nitrous oxide gas. Also known as laughing gas, this form of sedation is inhaled throughout your procedure. We can control the level of gas you are getting. It works well as a mild sedative for most people.
Oral Conscious – The next step is oral conscious sedation. In order to use this sedation, we have to prescribe a sedative to you. You’ll take the sedation about an hour before you come into the office, which means you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment!
IV Sedation – The deepest sedation we offer is IV sedation. With IV sedation, we can control how sedated you are. Whether you want to be awake or asleep, we have the ability to help you get there! IV sedation is perfect for long procedures, but it is also the key, for many patients, to having a dental appointment without fear.
Which One is Right for Me?
Now that you know more about your sedation options, how do you decide which is right for you? Let’s take a look at the different levels of fear associated with the dentist to help you make up your mind. Again, we will help you settle on a sedation option when you come into the office, but this will give you an idea of what to consider.
Mild Fear – Most of us feel nervous in the dental office, but to actually feel afraid usually only happens when you’re about to experience a procedure. Feeling your stomach start to twist and your hands shaking are signs that you are afraid and need to relax before we can complete your work for you.
Moderate Fear – A moderate fear of the dentist is more serious. These patients struggle to even call the office. Walking in the door is difficult for some of these patients. If this is you, you might get worked up about your procedure in the days before you actually come in. You need something to help you relax, and the fact that it kicks in before your appointment can only help!
Severe Fear – If you are a patient with severe fear, you are probably not coming to the office because you want to. You are coming because you have a problem, and we can help you. This level of fear will put your entire body into a state of tension and distress. You cannot stand the thought of being in a patient room, which is why it is better that you are asleep during your procedure!
Complexity of the Procedure
While your level of fear is important to consider, so is the complexity of the procedure. We use sedation for patients who are undergoing long and complicated procedures so that they can go on with their lives without having to come back to the office time and time again!
Contact Us to Learn More
Are you ready to have a fantastic dental experience with the help of sedation? Just let us know what questions you have! We can’t wait to help you have a fear-free experience. Simply give us a call at 210-819-5233 or contact us through the website. We can’t wait to hear from you!