At Cobblestone Dental Care, we understand coming to the dentist probably very high on your list of fun things to do. We also understand the importance of seeing your Gilbert dentist regularly if you want to avoid more costly and painful dental problems in the future. Many individuals suffer from some form of dental anxiety that prevents them from getting the dental care they need. We happily offer relaxing sedation dentistry options to help you get the care you need without the fear and anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is used to relax patients before a dental procedure. Sedative drugs are administered to patients to create easy and efficient dental care. Local anesthetics are also used at the location in the mouth to block pain receptors from reaching the affected teeth and gums. At Cobblestone Dental Care, we offer oral conscious and IV sedation at an affordable rate to ensure the comfort of our patients. The different types of affordable sedation dentistry available at Cobblestone Dental Care include:
- Nitrous Oxide. Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is delivered throughout the entire dental procedure through a nose hood. Nitrous oxide elevates the mood, which often causes a state of laughter in patients – hence the name. Nitrous oxide is one of the more common ways for dentists to reduce pain and anxiety in patients.
- IV Sedation. Patients who have received intravenous sedation often feel as though they slept through their entire procedure. IV sedation is a moderate sedation method, and is generally used for shorter treatments. Sedation is injected directly into the bloodstream, taking effect on patients immediately.
- Oral Conscious Sedation. Oral medication is administered to patients before their dental procedure in order to achieve a moderate state of sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a great option for those who fear needles, and usually dulls the senses rather than makes a patient feel as if they have fallen asleep. Most of our oral medications contain benzodiazepines, which help to reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, and insomnia. Each medication’s effects last for a varying amount of time, and your specific dental procedure can help to determine which medication will be the most suitable.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Me?
Whether you simply cannot tolerate pain, have a medical condition that requires sedation, or have anxiety or of fear going to the dentist, sedation dentistry can help make your dental care easier. In order to provide the necessary care, we collect your medical history during an exam to determine which sedation method is right for you. Call us to schedule an appointment and see if sedation is the right option for you.