When you think about relaxing moments, you probably think about listening to the waves of the ocean, lying under a fluffy blanket or listening to soft music. Rarely do people associate going to the dentist with being relaxed – or even comfortable. However, sedation dentistry can change this.
Do you tense up at the thought of making your dental appointment? Do you avoid dental treatment altogether due to fear or anxiety? Sedation dentistry enables people just like you to receive the quality dental treatments they need and deserve. Many patients suffer from dental fear, which can stem from a bad dental experience as a child, a fear of needles, severe gag reflux or other factors. Even if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety, it can be hard to “look forward” to your experience in the dental chair.
Regardless of what is causing you to stress about your dental visit, Alora Dentistry can provide the level of comfort and relaxation you deserve. Not only do we provide sedation dentistry, but our office is also equipped with modern patient amenities and advanced technology to reduce your discomfort. We have a gentle dentist that you can trust with your entire family, and we cater to patients who have special needs or suffer from dental anxiety.
Go Ahead and Relax During Your Dental Appointment
If the thought of being in the dental chair makes your heart race, please let us know. We can take steps to prepare for your visit. Prior to your appointment, we will let you choose the specific level of sedation that you prefer. We offer oral sedation as well as nitrous oxide, which are effective and safe options to help you relax during your procedure. Sedation can be used during a routine dental cleaning or a complex restorative procedure, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Oral Sedation is a form of conscious sedation. It involves taking a sedative pill before your procedure. Patients who choose oral sedation can remain awake during the procedure, but they are fully relaxed and not disturbed by the dental work being done. This form of sedation dentistry requires that you bring someone else to drive you home after the appointment.
Many patients choose Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas” as their sedation preference. Nitrous Oxide is gently breathed through a small mask. It is a sweet-smelling, colorless gas that is highly effective and even safe for kids. Patients who receive Nitrous Oxide can remain awake, control all bodily functions and even communicate with the dentist during the procedure. However, laughing gas allows patients to completely relax and even fall asleep in some cases. Many patients experience mild amnesia and have no recollection of their actual procedure. The effects of Nitrous Oxide wear off within minutes after you stop breathing it, and there is no “hangover” feeling, which is a significant advantage for patients who want to drive themselves home and immediately return to daily activities.
Want to relax during your next dental visit? To learn more about sedation dentistry, please call us at Alora Dentistry today. We do our best to remove any obstacle that is preventing you from getting quality dental care, whether it is dental fear, scheduling demands or budget constraints.