Millions of Americans avoid the dentist due to anxiety or a phobia. Sedation dentistry can help to put patients at ease, so they can remain in the dental chair and not miss out on crucial oral health care and preventive care services. The caring team at Ace Dental Specialties in Fullerton, California, provides oral sedation and medication to help patients overcome their fears. For compassionate dental care, visit Ace Dental Specialties. Call or book an appointment online today.
Many people experience fear and anxiety surrounding the dentist and specific dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry involves various methods and processes to manage pain and anxiety. There are three primary types of sedation dentistry: oral, inhalation, and intravenous.
An Ace Dental Specialties team member administers oral sedation with medication to induce a calming state that allows patients to relax and receive the treatments they need with comfort and ease.
The oral sedation process starts with a sedative pill that you take one hour before treatment.
If the first dose doesn’t achieve the desired results before the treatment, you might need to take a second dose.
Once the medication kicks in, you feel more drowsy and relaxed. Throughout the procedure, your heart rate is closely monitored, and you’re under constant medical supervision to ensure you’re breathing correctly.
You’re typically conscious enough to respond to physical stimulation and verbal commands. While you might feel drowsy, you will be awake and in a state of near-sleep.
The team also offers different forms of sedation dentistry, if needed, for younger patients with dental anxiety, on a case-by-case basis.
Since oral conscious sedation doesn’t dull pain, you might also receive a local anesthetic.
Be sure to arrange for someone to transport you to and from your procedure, since your motor skills will be impaired from the sedation.
Many people avoid the dentist due to anxiety. If you’re one of those people, you might need more invasive treatments in the future as a result of a lack of preventive dental care now.
Sedation dentistry can reduce your anxiety and allow you to sit back in the dental chair.
Sedation dentistry is often advisable for patients who have:
Without recurring dental care, your smile can diminish, and your teeth can undergo damage and disease. Don’t let anxiety get in the way of receiving necessary dental care. The team at Ace Dental Specialties is here to help every step of the way. Call or book online to schedule your worry-free checkup with the team today.