Dental phobia is a very real issue for some patients. It can range from mild nervousness to extreme anxiety, even over routine visits. Patients who are fearful often neglect their oral health rather than visit the dentist. After years of avoiding cleanings and restorative treatments that keep dental disease at bay, dental phobia patients begin to experience discomfort, pain, severe cavities, and gum disease.
When dental disease is left untreated, it can begin to affect patients in other ways. Gum disease has been clinically shown to have an adverse effect leading to additional health problems. Don’t let dental phobia steal your quality of life. Dr. Cole offers soothing sedation dentistry to help calm fears so you can get the treatment you need.
Integrity Dental’s sedation dentistry program consist of methods—oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Each of these sedation dentistry methods is proven safe and effective. It is important that you talk with Dr. Cole or one of our caring team members about your level of dental anxiety. This helps us to determine what method of sedation is best for you.
Nitrous oxide is a sedation dentistry technique that has been used for a number of years with great success on both adults and kiddos. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled prior to and during treatment. When you visit our office, we will show you to a comfortable operatory. Once you are settled into the dental chair, we will place a mask over your nose and ask you to breathe deeply a few times. You will feel a sense of calm, allowing you to relax as we work to restore your oral health.
Oral sedation is a newer, but established sedation dentistry method using oral medication, such as Xanax or Valium. Before you visit our office, the doctor will provide you with a prescription to fill. It is important to follow the instructions provided with your prescription to ensure it has time to take affect before you arrive. Generally, you will need to take the prescribed mediation about an hour before you arrive. As we show you back to the operatory, you will be feeling calm and collected. The effects of the oral sedation will last throughout your appointment.
Sedation dentistry affects different patients in different ways. You may still feel a bit groggy after your procedures. If you will be visiting us under oral sedation, you will need to have a trusted friend or relative drive you to and from your appointment.
Whether you need a general or restorative dentistry procedure, Dr. Cole can help you feel at ease. Let us change your mind about dental visits and show you how relaxing it can be. Contact us for your appointment today, and make sure to mention you would like to discuss sedation dentistry.