SEDATION DENTISTRY IN POMERADO FAMILY DENTAL
Dental anxiety affects an estimated 30 to 40 million people in the United States. If you are among the many who struggle with fear or anxiety when it comes time to visit the dentist, the office of Pomerado Family Dental can help. We’re dedicated to our patients’ care and comfort. We offer safe, controlled sedation techniques to alleviate anxiety and make it easier and less stressful to maintain excellent oral health.
If you have dental anxiety or dental phobia, you may find yourself skipping checkups as well as avoiding getting the care you need. However, letting fear get in the way of dental treatment not only takes a toll on your oral health but can also affect your overall well-being. The good news is that sedation dentistry enables anxious patients and those who have difficulty sitting for treatment the benefits of maintaining optimal oral health. By creating a deep sense of calm and relaxation, dental sedation helps ease any fears and apprehension associated with care.
At the office of Pomerado Family Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.
About dental sedation
Reasons To Consider Dental Sedation
- Dental phobia – Sedation dentistry offers an excellent solution for patients whose fear of seeing the dentist is
so disabling that they are otherwise willing to forego care.
- Anxiety about a particular procedure – Sedation dentistry offers patients who feel anxious about specific
procedures a more positive and stress-free treatment experience.
- Extensive dental work – When extensive dental work requires patients to sit in the chair with their mouths open
for long visits, sedation dentistry can help ensure greater comfort while making time seem to pass more quickly.
Sedation dentistry also offers patients who cannot make multiple trips for care the option of getting more work
done over fewer visits.
- Powerful gag reflex – For patients with a strong gag reflex, it can be as uncomfortable for the patient to
tolerate care as it is difficult for the dentist to provide it. With sedation, the patient is comfortable, more
relaxed, and can tolerate treatment without gagging.
- Sensitive teeth and gums – Even if the work does not involve a particular tooth or area of the mouth, for
patients with hypersensitive teeth and gums, getting dental treatment with instruments, suction, a water spray,
and other stimuli can feel terribly uncomfortable. In these cases, dental sedation can help provide a much more
comfortable treatment experience.
- Difficulty sitting for dental work – In addition to dental anxiety, it may be difficult for some young children
or patients with disabilities, special needs, cognitive impairment, or certain medical conditions to sit still
for dental care. Dental sedation enables the delivery of care to provide routine treatment and alleviate dental
problems to maintain optimal oral health.
What Are The Options For Dental Sedation?
The difference between conscious sedation and general anesthesia
Conscious sedation in the dental office
Inhalation sedation (Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”) :
Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and facilitate relaxation during dental procedures. It’s inhaled through a small mask over the nose and administered for optimal safety in combination with oxygen. Used for the duration of a dental procedure, nitrous oxide gets turned off as work comes to an end. Once the laughing gas gets turned off, the effects wear off very quickly, and the patient returns to a state of complete awareness. Beyond addressing mild to moderate anxiety levels, inhalation sedation can help reduce gagging in patients with a strong gag reflex.