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Fear of the dentist is a common situation that affects many people. Luckily, you can work with your dentist to overcome your fear by using sedation dentistry. But how does sedation dentistry work? Can it help your dental anxiety? Find out with Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a way for dentists to help patients cope with anxiety related to dental visits and procedures. Many events or experiences can trigger this anxiety, keeping patients from seeking out the preventive and necessary care they require for their smiles. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax both mind and body during their dental visit. Sedation dentistry comes in various strengths depending on the patient, the complexity of their procedure, and the level of their dental anxiety.
Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?
A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good health and able to undergo the sedation process. In addition to helping patients relax, sedation dentistry allows several procedures to be completed in one visit. Sedation dentistry can also help those with jaw weakness or pain, people with a severe gag reflex, and other physical limitations. Dentists recommend against sedation dentistry if the patient has a heart condition, is taking certain medications, has medical allergies, or suffers from certain respiratory conditions.
Sedation dentistry has several different levels and strengths. Sedation begins conservatively with mild sedation or “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a safe and trusted method that has been used in the dentistry field for a long time.
For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO. Call 303-280-2285 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Nervous about your upcoming dental procedure? We can fix that!
If you’ve ever talked to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon about how nervous you feel when you need to have a cavity filled or even during a dental cleaning, then you probably know that we offer sedation dentistry. One of the most commonly used and most well-known types of sedation dentistry we offer is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Here’s what you should know about nitrous oxide and how it might help ease your anxiety here at Hearthside Dentistry.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a sedative that is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask that covers the nose to help patients feel calm and relaxed during their procedure. Nitrous oxide is delivered in a steady stream to the patient throughout their treatment.
What are the benefits of nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used forms of sedation dentistry because it is safe and effective at providing patients with the instant relaxation they need. The other benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off almost as soon as the mask is removed from the nose. Since nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep and effects do not linger, this also means that patients can often drive themselves home after their appointment.
Who can benefit from nitrous oxide?
You may be surprised to discover that nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry in general, is safe and effective for patients of all ages. Our Thornton, CO, dental team has provided everyone from children to seniors with sedation dentistry to make their dental appointments easier. While we often administer sedation dentistry to nervous patients, this isn’t the only reason to consider sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry may help a squirming and stressed child sit still so they can get the dental work they require in a timely and more efficient manner. It can help make you feel more comfortable if you experience pain when sitting in one position for an extended period of time. It’s also great if you have a sensitive gag reflex that has you gagging during your dental visits. It can also help those with special needs feel more comfortable and at ease.
If you feel nervous in the dentist’s chair and it’s keeping you from getting the treatment your smile needs, then it’s time to talk to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. McMillon and her team about how sedation dentistry could help. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Hearthside Dentistry at (303) 280-2285.