For millions of Americans, a trip to the dentist is an event filled with heart-pounding fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, this often means avoiding crucial preventive care and treatments. The result is that the only time the patient sees the dentist is when something is wrong, which can result in more complex and invasive treatment and perpetuate the cycle of fear and anxiety.
We want your visit to Apollonia Dental to break that cycle.
In addition to providing a calm, relaxing, welcoming atmosphere with a compassionate dentist and gentle, friendly staff, we are also skilled in the art of sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses different medication techniques to relax your mind and body and soothe your anxiety and worry. Dr. Singh can use nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral medication, or IV medication to ease tension, create a state of relaxation, dampen sensation, and make the appointment seem to fly by.
No matter what your level of dental anxiety is, we can create a sedation treatment plan that will fit your needs and allow you to get the dental care you deserve to have a healthy mouth and a healthy body.
There are some important things to consider if you are thinking about sedation dentistry. The most essential pieces of this puzzle are your perception of pain and your mindset. Remember, that we are dealing not only with your response to sensations of pain but also with fears and anxiety. Dentists know how to numb patients so that you do not feel pain. However, the feeling of pressure associated with dental treatment is perceived as pain in the mind of the dental phobic patient. This is why the most important thing is to get dental treatment completed before you have a symptoms, like sensitivity or an infection. An infection amplifies the sensation of pressure and a fearful dental patient most likely will perceive this as pain. The second most important thing is to have a positive mindset. If you think sedation will not work for you, you are correct. If you truly desire for it to work, chances are much better that you will have a more positive outcome. If you decide to get sedation, it is best to avoid stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine on the day of treatment. If you have friends or family members that are teasing or scaring you about dental treatment, remind them that you are serious about fixing your dental health and you would really appreciate positive support from them. Your chances of successful treatment and overcoming your phobia will be increased significantly. Over time, we have had patients who no longer need sedation for their dental care. That is our goal with you as well.
Many of our patients recognize nitrous oxide by its other name – “laughing gas.” Don’t worry; nitrous oxide won’t actually make you laugh uncontrollably. What it will do is provide relaxation to your body, dull uncomfortable sensations, and sometimes produce a mild euphoria. You will remain awake and alert throughout your appointment, easily able to answer questions and respond to instructions.
Nitrous oxide is useful in cases where only mild sedation is necessary. Some people like to use nitrous oxide to help them relax during cleanings and other routine procedures. One of the best features of nitrous oxide is that once the mask is removed and you take a couple deep breaths, the effect quickly wears off, which means that you can safely drive yourself to and from your dental appointment and continue on with the rest of your day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is a deeper level of sedation, appropriate for those who need a little more help relaxing or for a more involved procedure. If you choose oral conscious sedation, you will be given a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication that you take by mouth shortly before your appointment. Because the effects are longer lasting than nitrous oxide, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation - Not currently accepting new cases as of August 2018.
For our patients who are very fearful or need complex dental work performed, IV sedation is an excellent option. Not all dentists provide this service, and we are proud to be able to offer it to our patients.
During IV sedation, you may become so relaxed that you fall asleep. You will not become unconscious, though, and will rouse easily if needed. Patients especially like this option because they have very little memory of the procedure afterward, making the next appointment that much easier. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home following your appointment.
Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy smile. Please call Apollonia Dental today to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help.