As your sedation dentist in Columbia, Dr. Fann knows visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience. Mothers, athletes, construction workers, and exceptionally tough people from all walks of life shy away from the dentist due to their fear of opening wide. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Options in sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation, can help you relax through your next dental appointment!
Sedation Dentistry Can Save Your Smile
For nervous or fearful patients, the difference sedation dentistry can make is pretty incredible. One of our patients, a woman we’ll call Mary, was especially fearful of visiting the dentist. She’d had some bad experiences as a child — one of the most common reasons for dental fear and anxiety — and she just couldn’t bear the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair. But when she realized she was dealing with chronic bad breath and gums that were receding a little more each month, she knew she’d have to do something about what she feared was gum disease.
Mary isn’t normally a person who avoids necessary medical attention, but we understand that bravery in other aspects of life doesn’t always transfer into the dentist’s office. When she called The Art of Dentistry to schedule an appointment, she let us know she’d always had a phobia of visiting the dentist — and reassured her that we were prepared.
Your Options in Cosmetic Dentistry
At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Fann and our whole team are happy to offer patients like Mary two options in sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, and oral conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a good option for patients with mild anxiety undergoing minor procedures. It can be used alone during a checkup and cleaning, or combined with local anesthesia during a filling or other routine procedure. It’s a gas you breathe through a nasal mask while you are in the dental chair. Once the treatment is complete and the mask is removed, its effects wear off immediately, allowing you to go on with your day as usual.
Oral conscious sedation offers a deeper level of relaxation. To undergo this method, you will take a pill about an hour before your scheduled procedure. Plan for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. After its effects have taken over and we have confirmed that you are totally relaxed, local anesthesia will be administered at the treatment site and the procedure can begin. You will remain conscious throughout your time under oral conscious sedation, but you are removed from the sights, smells, and sounds of what’s going on around you. Many patients report not remembering anything from their time under sedation.
Join Mary and Countless Other Patients Using Sedation Dentistry
Thanks to sedation dentistry, Mary was able to undergo gum disease treatment without inhibition from her dental fear. And now that she’s seen visiting the dentist isn’t as bad as she’d always feared, she told us she is far more likely to visit our office regularly — and that she might not even need sedation next time. That’s not uncommon for patients with dental anxiety who choose sedation dentistry.
If you are avoiding the dentistry you need due to your fear or anxiety, why don’t you get in touch with The Art of Dentistry? Let us know you are interested in sedation dentistry when you do. Whether it’s dental implants in Columbia or any other procedure, we are ready for you! Request your appointment for general or cosmetic dentistry in Columbia today.