Do you fear to go to the dentist? Maybe you have a fear of shots, a strong gag reflex or have had a previously traumatic dental experience. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone because 30-50% of Americans suffer from dental phobia. However, your fears of going to the dentist can end now because of a fantastic thing we like to call sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves several treatment options that will help to put you at ease and get you through any dental procedure. Keep reading to find out which treatment options we offer and how they can benefit you.
With sedation dentistry, our only goal is to get you to relax before and during any procedure. We believe that with the aid of these treatment options, you’ll be in our chair feeling comfortable in no time at all. In fact, you probably won’t even remember the experience at all. At Picasso Smiles, we will work with you to create a tailored sedation plan that will help get you through your visit. We understand that each of our patients is unique and we want to help find the right option for you.
If you’re looking to blur out a dental visit, but don’t want to be fully unconscious, a pre-appointment sedative might be the right option for you. You’ll receive a single pill prescription that you can take the night before your appointment, which will make you sleep well and arrive the next day feeling relaxed. During your procedure, you will be unable to respond to your dentist’s requests and you most likely will not remember the experience at all.
Our in-office sedative is taken orally and is also referred to as an anxiolytic drug, which will help your anxiety melt away. This treatment option will put you in a state of consciousness in which you’ll be awake but you won’t be able to remember the visit.
The last option available is a nitrous oxide, which is also commonly known as laughing gas. This option will help to calm you down but will still allow you to respond to your dentist. Laughing gas is most often used in conjunction with a pain-free, local anesthetic.
Aside from making you feel relaxed and at ease, all of these treatment options will take away your ability to drive for the day. It’s crucial to have pre-arranged plans for someone to drive you to and from your appointment with your El Paso dentist.
The benefit of sedation dentistry is to allow you to come to the dentist without being fearful or nervous. Sedation dentistry is great because it can be used on children and adults alike and will help you relax so that you can put your trust into your dentist’s hands. If you avoid going to the dentist for months or years at a time, serious problems can arise so it’s imperative you don’t skip visits due to anxiety.
If you think you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry or have questions, please contact us at either our Westside office by calling (915) 587-6453 or our Eastside office at (915) 857-6453. We’re here to help you feel comfortable at the dentist and we look forward to helping you conquer your fears!