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Reduce Anxiety and Fear with Sedation Dentistry

Do you find yourself delaying dental treatments that you need or want because of your dental phobia? Are you scared to even pick up and schedule a visit to our Scottsdale office because of a painful dental treatment experience? Do you become overwhelmed at the thought of needing multiple dental appointments?

More than likely you answered “yes” to one of the questions above, and if you did, you are not alone! Dr. Nelson and his team as Southtown Dental welcome all opportunities to discuss your dental concerns. We can help you decide if sedation dentistry would benefit you during your next appointment. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option to help you be as comfortable and pain-free as possible during treatment.

If you live in Scottsdale or the surrounding area and have a fear of going to the dentist, call us today to schedule a consultation. The surrounding areas we serve are Paradise Valley, Tempe, and Arizona State University.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Only 1% of dentists are qualified in conscious sedation dentistry. Dr. Nelson has been through the required special training for dental sedation. Sedation dentistry helps reduce your fears and anxieties about having dental work done by putting you in a comfortable and sedated state.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses carefully-controlled medication to help you feel relaxed and comfortable while undergoing a dental procedure. With this sedation, you remain conscious, but no longer have anxiety about dental treatment. This allows you to receive the care you need without overwhelming stress.

While sedation won’t cure anxiety, some patients have found that over time, successful visits with sedation help them to feel less stressed about dental care overall

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation can be administered in pill or liquid form and is taken the night before as well as an hour before treatment. The medication is prescription strength and designed to help you mentally and physically relax; you might even fall asleep during your treatment. The tablet used for sedation has been prescribed countless times by physicians for patients use at home and has almost no side effects or interaction with other medications.

After oral conscious sedation, you may feel groggy, sleepy, and relaxed. Some patients feel calm enough to even fall asleep during their treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is another common form of sedation dentistry. Oxygen and nitrous oxide are carefully mixed to induce a relaxed state. A mask is placed over your mouth and nose to administer the laughing gas.

Just like oral sedation, nitrous oxide allows you to be awake during any procedure but still be relaxed. This sedation technique leaves your system quickly and does not leave you groggy.

Benefits of Being Sedated During Procedures

When orally sedated, you can undergo any procedure from a simple cleaning to extensive dental treatments. One of the best things about sedation is the medication sometimes has an amnesia effect, removing your memory of the procedure and any discomfort that you may have experienced.

Here are 4 additional benefits of sedation:

  1. Enhanced effect of local anesthetics
  2. Suppressed gagging reflex
  3. Decreased soreness
  4. You can have multiple treatments done in one visit

Effects of the medication last about 2-4 hours after your appointment. Because of this, we require someone drives you to and from our office in Scottsdale.

Does Oral Sedation Put Me to Sleep?

Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because you might fall asleep during your treatment. However, you can remain fully conscious and respond to verbal requests and questions from the dentist. Even the most anxious and frightened patients are happy with the results of sedation dentistry.

Is Being Sedated During Dental Treatments Safe?

Sedation dentistry has an extensive record of being very safe and effective. Dr. Nelson and his team will monitor all your vitals during any treatment that requires sedation using a pulse oximeter. If needed, the effects of sedation can be undone in 30 seconds with an on-hand reversal agent.

Process of Sedation Dentistry

 The process involved in sedation is very simple and straightforward. This is a breakdown of what to expect during your visit:

Once you schedule an appointment for your treatment, instructions and medication are provided. Dr. Nelson will give you the medication to take the night before your appointment, and an hour before you arrive the following day.

After the sedation effect has kicked in, you will begin to feel relaxed. The dentist will not proceed with any treatment until you are completely comfortable.

While sedated, our pulse oximeter and staff monitor your vitals. In the rare event that any of your vitals or oxygen levels fluctuate, the oximeter will alert the staff, and it will be quickly corrected. The pulse oximeter lets us focus on you and the treatment while being aware of your safety.

After the procedure, you may feel some of the effects of sedation still lingering, which is why we require someone to drive you to and from our office.

Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Today with modern technology, your visit to the dentist can be relaxing and even life-changing. However, this is not the case for millions of people who avoid the dentist out of fear.

Fortunately, at Southtown Dental, we offer sedation dentistry and can make your treatment much more comfortable and can even fit multiple procedures into one visit.

Call today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you overcome your fear!        

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