Dental anxiety is not uncommon, even in adults. The fear of pain or the unknown, or even just having someone in your personal space, can spike fear and anxiety in patients when they visit the dentist. With sedation dentistry, patients of the Sherwood, OR area can visit New Smiles Dental and feel relaxed and comfortable with their oral health care in the hands of our trained and experienced providers.
WHAT IS SEDATION?
Sedation methods can make patients feel much more relaxed during their visit to the dental chair, making it easier for dentists to complete procedures. Sedation can be used for extensive procedures or simple dental cleanings, depending on the anxiety levels of the patient. Sedation can also help for patients who struggle to stay still during appointments, are having several procedures done at once, or even for individuals who have a strong gag reflex which makes dental work uncomfortable.
TYPES OF SEDATION AVAILABLE WITH THE TEAM OF NEW SMILES DENTAL
Individuals ready to learn more about sedation methods can ask about any of these solutions available:
- Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is perfect for patients with mild anxieties or those who have strong gag reflexes. This odorless, colorless gas is administered through the nose and provides patients with a relaxing sensation. Patients are awake during their procedure when nitrous oxide is used, and can be brought back to their normal state with oxygen supplementation afterwards.
- Oral conscious sedation – patients who have mild to moderate anxieties may benefit from oral conscious sedation. This method of sedation uses a medication that is prescribed to the patient and taken approximately one hour before their appointment. Patients arrange transportation to and from the appointment. While patients are awake during this time, they will often not remember their treatment later in the day.
- IV sedation – we offer two types of IV sedation, including conscious sedation and deep sedation. These are best suited for patients with moderate to severe levels of anxiety.