Does just the thought of going to the dentist cause you to become tense? Is your child always upset when it’s time for their dental appointment? At Infinity Dental Care, we do our best to help every patient feel completely comfortable from check-in to checkout, and for particularly nervous smiles, we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry. The sedative techniques outlined below have been used for decades and enable us to calm racing minds as well as prevent dental patients from feeling any pain while in the chair. With them, we can instantly take the stress out of someone’s dental care, so a patient can enjoy a relaxing appointment every single time.
If you experience mild to moderate dental anxiety whenever you come in for an appointment, your dentist at Infinity Dental Care can actually prescribe you a pill to take before your visit that should make any persistent nerves virtually disappear. Once in the chair, you’ll be deeply sedated, but you’ll likely remain awake and be able to respond to basic commands. Time will seem to fly by very quickly, and you’ll probably have little to no memory of your visit afterward, making it practically seem like a dream.
Nitrous oxide sedation is perfect for adults and children alike who just need a little help to “take the edge” off of their dental nerves. A patient simply breathes in the odorless gas mixed with oxygen through a small nasal mask, and within moments, it will help any tension leave the body. The mask remains on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, a patient should feel completely normal in a few minutes. This means they can go straight back to their day without any residual drowsiness.
If you need an invasive treatment, or you suffer from dental-related fears, sedation dentistry can help you sit back and relax. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about sedation, which might make you a bit hesitant to consider it, but you have nothing to fear. We’ll take the time to explain the benefits during your initial consultation and how it can help you. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked to help ease any apprehensions until your visit.
Sedation dentistry can make a dental appointment more comfortable and relaxing for many patients who have unique needs or situations. We might recommend sedation for patients:
In addition, sedation dentistry can also be used for children or adults who may not understand their treatment or have difficulty staying in one position too long.
It’s normal to have some concerns about sedation dentistry, but you have nothing to fear. When administered and monitored by a trained professional, like our team at Infinity Dental, sedation is a safe and effective solution.
We’ll perform a thorough consultation to discuss your needs and your medical history to ensure there aren’t any issues that might pose a complication. While you’re sedated, you’ll be closely monitored throughout the duration of your procedure for your safety.
Our office offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Often, we recommend nitrous oxide for patients who need a minor dental procedure or are apprehensive about their appointment. It is a safe and effective option for children who might fear pain or have difficulty sitting still.
Oral conscious sedation is recommended for patients who need multiple or complex treatments. It allows you to reach a deeper level of relaxation and comfort than what’s possible with nitrous oxide. Unfortunately, it will take longer for the effects to dissipate.
We’ll determine which sedative best meets your needs based on your specific treatment plan.
Nitrous oxide is a preferred sedative because the effects dissipate quickly after the inhaled medication is stopped. In fact, many patients can even drive themselves home after their appointment. The effects of oral conscious sedation will take a little longer to wear off. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few hours until you’re feeling yourself again. We recommend you take it easy for the remainder of the day to ensure the effects have fully subsided.
There isn’t a set fee for sedation dentistry because the amount is determined by your specific treatment plan, like the medication used. Although every policy differs, many dental insurances cover a portion of the cost. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your initial consultation.