The dentists at both the Castro Valley and San Leandro, California offices of Creative Dimensions in Dentistry offer sedation dentistry services to help anxious and fearful patients to relax and have comfortable experiences during their dental checkups and treatments. Between 30 and 40 million Americans are afraid of the dentist. If your fear is preventing you from getting the dental care you need, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Sedation dentistry is the practice of using a sedative to help an anxious or fearful patient relax during dental treatments. Between 30 and 40 million Americans are afraid of the dentist and almost 30% of Americans are afraid of needles, and these fears can prevent you from making or attending dental checkups.
Nitrous oxide is also commonly known as laughing gas. Your dentist may suggest this form of sedation if you are mildly to moderately nervous about dental treatment. Nitrous oxide can help you to relax and alleviate your fears so that you can relax and receive dental care in comfort. You’ll wear a small mask over your nose during treatment, providing you with a steady stream of the sedative to keep you calm and relaxed, but awake throughout treatment. Once the nitrous oxide is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.
Oral sedation is slightly stronger than nitrous oxide and is suitable if you are very nervous or apprehensive about your dental care. In many cases, if you are very anxious about dental care, oral sedation allows your dentist to complete any necessary treatments in fewer visits and improve your overall experience.
While you’re under oral sedation, you will be aware of your surroundings, but will be very calm and relaxed. Your dentist will customize your oral sedation to ensure your safety and comfort.
IV sedation puts you into a twilight state, and you’ll have no memory of the time you are sedated. The sedative is administered directly into your bloodstream through an IV and is monitored closely by your dentist who has completed advanced training and certifications.
This form of sedation should remove all the fear out of going to the dentist. In many cases, your dentist will be able to complete extensive treatments in just one visit. You’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment because it may take a little time for you to fully recover from the sedative.
Sedation dentistry is a helpful option if you are nervous or anxious about dental checkups or treatments. Dental checkups are critical to monitoring your dental and oral health so that if an issue develops, your dentist can diagnose it early and start treatment. If you avoid dental checkups, you may end up needing more invasive treatment. Fortunately, the dentists at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry are sensitive to the needs and anxieties of their patients and offer comprehensive sedation services to ensure your comfort. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.