Does the thought of seeing a dentist send chills down your spine? Fear of the dentist can make you skip treatment for your dental concerns, which can have damaging effects on your oral health. Dental phobia is a common problem, and most people would rather endure the pain than set foot in a dentist’s office. Thankfully, sedation dentistry can help take away some of the anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is a procedure that uses medication to keep patients comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. It helps patients get the dental care they deserve and keep their mouths, teeth, and gums healthy.
This treatment benefits people with dental phobia/anxiety or those undergoing lengthy treatment. If you avoid dealing with dental problems due to dental phobia, you can benefit from dental sedation. Contact us now at Bravo Family Dentistry to book an appointment with Kyle dentist Dr. Dekow.
An overactive gag reflex, fear of needles, or a low-pain threshold can be treated and soothed with sedation.
You will discuss your dental goals with the dentist during your appointment. Dr. Dekow will help you decide whether dental sedation is a good option for your situation. If sedation dentistry suits your dental health needs, Dr. Dekow will come up with a treatment plan to help you get the care you need.
Dr. Dekow will evaluate your condition, including pulse, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels.
Dr. Dekow will make sure you’re comfortable before they begin the sedative medication. The purpose of sedation is to keep you calm and relaxed during treatment, so you may also need local anesthesia to block the pain.
Sometimes called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled via a mask, and you will start feeling the calming effect within 3-5 minutes. At Bravo Family Dentistry, we offer nitrous and oral conscious sedation to help patients calm and relax during dental procedures.
Under this treatment, you inhale nitrous oxide combined with oxygen via a mask that is put over your nose. Dr. Dekow regulates the amount of gas you inhale.
Around 40% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and low-risk medication option as long as it is administered by licensed medical professionals.
You might be a good candidate for dental sedation if you have sensitive teeth, a low pain threshold, a highly sensitive gag reflex, or difficulty maintaining muscle control for a long period.
In most cases, sedation dentistry lasts about one to six hours, depending on your unique medical procedure.
Did you know that sedation dentistry is safe for most patients but not suitable for everyone? That’s why Dr. Dekow will evaluate your full medical history before treatment.
Ready to schedule an appointment with us at Bravo Family Dentistry? Call our office at (512) 537-4892 for a consultation.
Since the late 19th century, laughing gas has been used as a safe, effective treatment in dentistry.