Do you feel tense with the thought of going to the dentist? You’re not alone. Dental anxiety is more common than you think. Call Dental Specialists of Niles today at (847) 685-6686 to learn more about our sedation dentistry options!
Millions of people have anxiety about going to the dentist, and as a result many of them do not take care of their dental needs. Our dental team here at Dental Specialists of Niles understand the fear often associated with dental visits, and we do our best to alleviate your concerns and help you relax. We offer sedation dentistry options, also known as Relaxation Dentistry, so you can receive the dental treatment you need without the fear.
Sedation dentistry uses a medicine to help patients relax. It is the process by which a patient is sedated and at the same time conscious throughout the dental procedure. Patients are relaxed and often do not remember the procedure at all.
In addition to making dental treatment a relaxing experience, Sedation Dentistry allows for dental work that would have ordinarily taken multiple visits to be completed with only one visit. This allows patients to avoid missing additional days from work or school, and helps to ease fears about having to repeat any anticipated unpleasant experience.
Sedation Dentistry offers several benefits for patients and has become very popular.
- Relaxing experience
- Increased comfort
- Control of gag reflex
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Time saving – Fewer visits needed
Sedation Dentistry Options
Inhalation Conscious Sedation, Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years. It is a sedative that is inhaled through the nose and begins to work after about 20 seconds. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a feeling of relaxation, and afterwards it wears off without any side effects. Patients are typically able to drive themselves home at the end of their visit.
Oral Conscious Sedation (given by mouth) involves a small pill taken prior to your appointment. It is a popular option for many people because it does not require use of needles. Oral sedatives are either swallowed in pill form or can be dissolved under the tongue. Both methods work within minutes. These medications help your experience of dental treatment to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible. In addition, they have a long safety record after decades of research and testing, and several even have “amnesic” properties, meaning you will remember little to nothing, even though you are conscious throughout the treatment. Your vital signs are monitored during the sedation to ensure everything is running smoothly. Although you will be very drowsy, you will not be unconscious and you will be able to communicate with our staff during the procedure.
IV Conscious Sedation are Sedatives delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (into the vein), and are more potent than when taken orally. Because IV sedation has an almost immediate effect on the body and its functions, there is a higher level of training required for those who administer it and monitoring with specialized equipment throughout IV sedation treatment to ensure everything is going smoothly. This type of sedation is recommended for Patients undergoing a more complex dental procedure, or who have severe dental anxiety. In addition, this form of sedation has more profound amnesic effects, so you will remember little to nothing.
There is so much that dentistry can do these days to help your mouth be healthier and your smile be more beautiful. If your long-standing fear of dental treatment causes you to avoid the dentists, sedation dentistry can give you an experience that’s free of anxiety and discomfort.