It is perfectly natural to feel apprehensive when you go to the dentist, but that apprehension should not be so overwhelming that it keeps you from getting the care you need. Regular visits to the dentist and a good oral hygiene routine at home will help you to keep your teeth in top condition.
Many of our patients have found that sedation dentistry is the right solution for them. It may be the right solution for you.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Our office offers two forms of sedation. Oral Conscious Sedation which uses a sedative medication such as Halcion which can help you to relax during your dental procedure. Intravenous (IV) Sedation is when the sedative medication enters your bloodstream through an IV and you are put deeper into a sedative state. Both options are usually reserved for complex procedures or for times when there are multiple procedures that need to be done at once.
Sedation helps to make you feel calmer, less apprehensive and gives you the ability to relax during the procedure. It is a great option for anyone that is letting fear of dental care keep them from getting the oral health care that they need.
You Stay in Control
Many patients make the mistake of thinking “sedation” means being out of control. With dental sedation, you are aware of your surroundings, can ask and answer questions, but are fully relaxed. Your oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, are all being monitored throughout the entire procedure. Once finished and the sedation begins to wear off we require that you have a friend or family member drive you home to help assist you until the sedation fully wears off.
Is It Right for You?
Not every dental practice offers these different sedation dental services. Your first step in learning more about the process and deciding if sedation dentistry is right for you is to contact us and find out more about our services. The team at Philips & Schmitt will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns. Learn more about this dentistry option and how it can help you overcome your dental care fears. Contact us today.