Many patients suffer from anxiety when they visit the dentist’s office. So, we offer sedation dentistry as a great way to ensure a more comfortable experience. Whether it’s through nitrous oxide or oral medication, our dentists at Harding Dental Group can help you choose the proper method for you during your treatment. Typically, sedation dentistry is used when a patient requires an extensive procedure like a root canal, dental implant placement, wisdom tooth removal, or other procedures that require the patient to be numbed before the process begins.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Safe and effective, oral sedation is administered in pill form about an hour before the procedure. Oral sedation produces a relaxed, euphoric feeling in the mind and body. Some people doze off, while others will stay awake throughout the process.
Please note that the effects of oral sedation can last several hours after the procedure and may strain judgment and coordination skills. So, plan to have someone to drive you home after the procedure.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Reduced Anxiety and Fear
Many people are afraid of the dentist. This can be caused by a bad experience in the past or the unknown aspects of having someone working inside your mouth. With sedation dentistry, you can reduce this fear and anxiety by calming your nerves and relaxing through the procedure.
Elimination of Pain
People avoid the dentist because of pain and discomfort during the procedure. This can be eliminated with sedation dentistry because your dentist can administer the anesthesia and monitor you closely throughout the treatment to ensure no complications. Some patients even fall asleep during treatment!
Finally, you can receive dental care in fewer appointments when sedated because the procedures can be completed quickly.
Our dentist can discuss what types of sedation are available and which may be most appropriate for your dental care needs. Visit Harding Dental Group at 688 Del Sol Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101, or call (719) 589-2257 to learn how we can help you overcome your fear of the dentist’s office!