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Find out how we could make your next dental visit a relaxing and stress-free experience.
Does the idea of coming in for a routine dental cleaning give you the chills? Does your smile desperately need dental care but you’re too scared to visit the dentist? These fears are all too real for many people. If you are someone dealing with some degree of dental anxiety, do not worry. Our Cedar Park, TX, family dentist, Dr. Jason Dyson, is here to tell you how sedation dentistry could help you.
Whether you need to undergo root canal therapy, you want to get dental veneers to improve your smile or you just need to get your teeth cleaned, we know that visiting the dentist can sometimes be a little inconvenient. But for others, it can be downright scary. If the latter sounds like you, then sedation dentistry could ease your nerves during your next dental procedure.
Sedation dentistry provides our patients who battle dental phobias with the ability to reduce their anxieties and to get the dental care they need to maintain a healthy smile. Sedation dentistry offers a variety of benefits. On top of reducing your anxiety (which we know is a major benefit), it can also reduce gag reflex. If you are someone who finds they have a sensitive gag reflex and fears even getting a dental cleaning, then sedation might be the best option for you. With the patient relaxed we can also focus all of our attention on your treatment, often completing the procedure in a shorter period of time.
Here in Cedar Park, our dentist uses oral sedation to help relax and calm you. Oral sedation comes in the form of a small pill, which you will take about a half an hour to one hour prior to your procedure. We can also control the intensity of the sedation’s effects by the strength of the oral medication we prescribe.
Oral sedation is often an anti-anxiety medication like Valium. While it won’t put you to sleep, some patients do feel groggy and some even doze off during the procedure. Since the effects of oral sedation can last for several hours, it’s important that you have someone who can take you home after your procedure.
Don’t bite your nails off thinking about your next dental appointment. Getting sedation dentistry in Cedar Park, TX, could be all you need to stay calm while getting the dental care your smile deserves. Call Parmer Oaks Dental Care today to learn more.
Professional basketball player Lamar Odom is sometimes known as “the candyman” because of his notorious fondness for sweets. But when his sweet tooth finally caught up with him — in the form of a mouthful of decayed teeth — the six-foot-ten-inch, 230-pound hoops star admitted that he had been avoiding treatment… because he was afraid of going to the dentist!
It took two Kardashians (Khloe and Kim) and a painful toothache to finally persuade Odom to sit in the chair. Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings. Yet the fretful forward sailed through the whole set of procedures in a single visit, and walked out with a big smile afterward. How did his dentists make that happen?
Put it down to the “magic” of sedation dentistry. With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need. That’s good news for about 50 percent of the population, who admit they’re at least somewhat afraid of the dentist — and even better for the 15 percent who avoid dental care completely due to their fear.
Dentists have a number of ways to ease apprehensive patients through a dental visit. An oral anti-anxiety drug can be given in pill form about an hour beforehand. Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”), which is administered by a mask placed over the mouth or nose, may also be used to relieve anxiety. The calming effects of these medications help make any nervousness melt away — and in many circumstances, mild sedation is all that’s needed to ease the fear.
For lengthier or more complex procedures, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. Unlike deeper (unconscious) sedation, IV sedation doesn’t cause “sleep.” Instead, it puts you in a comfortable semi-awake state, where you can still breathe on your own and respond to stimuli… but without feeling any anxiety. And when the procedure is over, you probably won’t have any memory of it at all.
IV sedation can be administered by dentists who are specially trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment. While sedation is being provided, you will be monitored at all times by a dedicated staff member; when it’s over, you will rest for a while as the medication quickly wears off. Then (as is the case with oral sedation), you’ll need another person to give you a ride home.
Does sedation dentistry really work? Lamar Odom thinks so. “I feel so much better,” he said when his 7-hour procedure was over. “I feel like I accomplished something.”