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Dental fear and anxiety are very real, and every year, they prevent millions of Americans from getting their essential dental care. At Universal Dental, we completely empathize with these patients, which is why we’re happy to offer a number of soothing sedation options that can help just about anyone have a good time at the dentist. With these techniques, we can calm a person’s nervous mind and protect them from discomfort at the same time. To learn how we can use sedation to improve you or your child’s next appointment, please contact us today.
Nitrous oxide has been used for over 100 years to help slightly nervous dental patients “take the edge off.” To use it, all a patient has to do is breathe through a small nasal mask, and within a minute, the gas will make them feel warm, comfortable, and completely relaxed. It’s gentle enough that it can even be safely used with children. The mask will remain on for the entire appointment, and once a treatment is finished and it is removed, the effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to go on with their day as normal.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you experience more mild to moderate dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation might be a better option for you. With this method, Dr. Anya Preece will prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your appointment so that by the time you sit in the treatment chair, you’ll be completely physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll still be awake the entire time, but the appointment will fly by very quickly and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward.
IV Conscious Sedation
If you have extreme dental fear, a sensitive gag reflex, or a physical condition that makes sitting in a dental chair uncomfortable, IV sedation can be a huge help. A powerful sedative is administered via a small injection in the hand or arm, and within moments, a patient will feel warm, drowsy, and very calm. One of the biggest advantages of IV sedation is that it allows your dentist to adjust the sedative level in real time to make sure you’re completely comfortable at all times. Here at Universal Dental our very own Dr. Coray Preece is certified in IV Sedation and offers this as an option to our adult patients.
General anesthesia is recommend for patients with special needs or those who need an extensive amount of dental work completed in a single appointment. This form of general anesthesia is actually much lighter than what is used during surgery, but it will still make a patient sleep throughout the entire appointment. Dr. Anya Preece is certified to provide this option to our patients. While a patient is sedated, our team will be sure to monitor their vital signs to make sure they are safe at all times. After the appointment is over, the patient will be woken up with little memory of what just happened.