Dental fears are more common than you might think. Even mild anxiety may be enough to keep you from getting the care you need.
Experts estimate that about 15% of Americans experience dental fear to the point where they completely avoid seeing the dentist. As time passes, plaque and tartar build on their teeth, gum disease sets in, and cavities start. Unfortunately, what finally drives them to see a dentist is a painful condition requiring extensive treatment, reinforcing their fear and creating a vicious cycle.
We think it’s time to break that cycle.
As a patient at our Sugar Land dental office, you will receive gentle dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment from a friendly and compassionate dentist, and you can also take advantage of our skill in sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to provide a calm and relaxed feeling and reduce the sensations associated with dental care.
We practice safe and effective sedation dentistry and can offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or even “sleep” sedation to help you relax and get the care you need.
Many of our patients are familiar with nitrous oxide and know it as “laughing gas.” While nitrous oxide won’t necessarily make you laugh, it does produce a calm sensation throughout the body and can sometimes create a feeling of euphoria. Uncomfortable sensations are diminished, and your appointment becomes a relaxing and even enjoyable experience.
One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that the dose can be easily modified as needed to produce the desired effect. Additionally, the onset is fast and the effect only lasts as long as you are breathing the gas. As soon as we remove the mask and you take a couple of nice deep breaths, the effect is gone and you are able to continue on with the rest of your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you need more help relaxing than nitrous oxide can provide, let us know and we can discuss oral conscious sedation.
With this type of sedation dentistry, you will be given a prescription for a medication you take by mouth that will relax you and relieve your anxiety. You’ll take the medication about a half an hour before your procedure so that the medication is in full effect throughout your treatment.
Despite the name “sleep” dentistry, most patients remain awake and alert throughout the procedure but in a deep state of relaxation. Some patients do become so relaxed that they fall asleep, but you will remain conscious and easy to rouse. The appointment itself will seem to fly by, and you are unlikely to remember any of the details later – especially the sensations of the dental office, which can be very upsetting for some people.
If you choose oral conscious sedation, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office since it is not safe to drive while taking this medication.
For more information about sedation or “sleep” dentistry and to find out if this option is right for you, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reagan Grizzle.