Dental care is a necessary factor in maintaining good oral health. While we strive to do everything we can to make our cosmetic dental practice a warm and welcoming place in which to undergo dental treatments, we know that for some patients even the most basic dental care can be a cause of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, these feelings can cause patients to neglect oral health care, resulting in dental problems and the need for more extensive dental work. For our Ammon, Blackfoot, Rexburg, Shelley, and Idaho Falls patients, sedation dentistry can relax a patient to ease anxieties and allow for stress-free dental care.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective treatment that is free of side effects. For this reason it is an effective option for patients of all ages who have experienced any of the following:
In any of these situations, sedation dentistry can relax a patient so that necessary dental care can be provided while the patient is comfortable and free of stress. The only patients who may be poor candidates for sedation dentistry are women in their first trimester of pregnancy or patients with emphysema.
At Sandcreek Dental, we use a form of oral sedation dentistry. Using a canister of nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, patients inhale a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small breathing tube and mask. This method has not only been proven to be safe but is highly effective in producing an immediate feeling of relaxation and well-being. The level of sedation that is used is one of the mildest levels of sedation available. While patients are free of anxiety, stress, and pain, they remain awake, alert, and aware of their surroundings. This sedation is applied throughout treatment and can be utilized to make general dentistry, restorative dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry treatments comfortable for our patients.
The use of sedation dentistry offers patients benefits that are both immediate and long-term. Immediately patients are put at ease and are able to undergo dental care while feeling relaxed and comfortable. This makes for a pleasant dental experience for even those patients with the most severe dental anxieties. The long-term benefits of sedation dentistry are the improved oral health and aesthetics that a patient will experience once they are comfortable undergoing routine and restorative dental care. Sedation dentistry makes it easier for patients to achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
Many patients are curious about the risks of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry has been in practice for many years and has been proven as a safe and effective treatment. Not only is sedation dentistry safe but for the majority of patients it is free of side effects as well. On a rare occasion a patient may experience nausea as a result of sedation dentistry. Treatment may also leave a patient feeling tired so we do require that patients be given a ride home following treatment to avoid any accidents or injury.
If your oral health has been neglected due to fear and anxiety, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tall at your earliest convenience to discuss sedation dentistry. Our caring staff will welcome you to our practice and be with you throughout the sedation dentistry process to make your dental treatment a pleasant and comfortable experience for you. Let us give you back a healthy and beautiful smile.