For those who are worried about how their dental appointment is going to go, staying home seems like the safer solution. Of course, we’d never recommend doing that, that’s why here at Lifetime Dental Health, sedation dentistry is a practice we are eager to implement…when it’s right for the patient.
Feeling scared about going to the dentist is common, but this safe sedation method is a surefire way to get through the procedure without the petrifying feeling you may have leading up to your upcoming appointment. Lots of patients have come to realize that sedation dentistry is the answer, and the process lowers stress.
Here are some important bits of info you ought to know about sedation dentistry at Lifetime Dental Health, and how we can make your visit more doable for you. We will take away your apprehension and anxiety, and deliver a dental appointment that’s an A+! You will be more inclined to stick with a regular dental check-up routine, and when you need to undergo a procedure with us, your former fears will be a thing of the past.
I am stressed out about my appointment! How do I know if sedation dentistry is for me?
We totally understand how a dental procedure could be worrisome for patients. We see patients who have no fears at all, but plenty have some degree of trepidation about coming in and getting dental work done.
To make their fears less ferocious, we use the convenience and care of sedation dentistry to make the process more appealing. Sedation dentistry is helpful for so many patients, especially those who are afraid of visiting the dentist. Perhaps they have a sensitive gag reflex or get nervous around the sights and sounds of the office environment and the equipment we must use. Some people have sensitive teeth and gums, and procedures are more painful or uncomfortable due to that issue. For those who need to have a lot of work done while in the chair, sedation dentistry allows them to feel calmer and more comfortable for a longer stretch. Then there are those who just want to feel more relaxed rather than on edge or nervous the entire time. Perhaps you’ve had a bad experience in the past, and now you fear the dentist due to the prior visit.
Do any of these examples sound like your experience? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. Before your procedure, talk to one of our dentists so we can plan ahead and prepare for your visit. If sedation dentistry is right for your needs, we will be sure to make it happen when it is time for your procedure.
How is sedation dentistry implemented? What is involved and how will I feel?
Providing you with the sedatives is simple. And don’t worry, you won’t be completely “knocked out” or unaware of your surroundings. You won’t be “sleeping” or in a trance-like state. Our sedation dentistry uses either nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”), which you inhale, or a pill taken orally, which will leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed in no time.
Both of these methods “chill you out” so you can better tolerate the dental procedure without unnecessary anxiety. These alternatives to needles and shots are surely appreciated by our patients.
You may feel giddy and/or groggy, but you will be conscious during the procedure and able to communicate effectively and coherently with your dentist. Never fear, we monitor your vitals the whole time, making sure you are properly tolerating the treatment.
Be sure you have someone reliable to drive you home from the office, as the reaction from either sedative may not fully wear off by the time you’re ready to head home. Better to be safe than sorry, so set this up ahead of time. That said, the sedation will wear off soon after, so no worries about being “useless” for hours on end.
Which procedures are right for sedation dentistry?
Since every patient is different, we’ll take things on a case-by-case basis. But nearly any procedure can be performed using sedation dentistry when appropriate. From general check-ups to restoration procedures, we’ve used this process on many patients.
Talk to your dentist about your particular procedure, and we will determine if we can utilize sedation dentistry to help you make it through the procedure more comfortably.
I have concerns about payment for my procedures, can you help?
Your dental care (including sedation, if need be) is important to us. If you are concerned about your insurance coverage or how you can pay for your visit if you’re not on a plan, please discuss financing and insurance with our friendly and knowledgeable office team.
We accept various insurance plans and also offer in-house financing to make the costs of your dental care more doable. We will work with you to figure out a smart solution, so you can care for your oral health without financial stress or burdens.
Book your appointment with Lifetime Dental Health. Be sure to discuss sedation dentistry if it’s something you believe will help you get through your appointment without anxiety. Give us a call at 614-333-9442. We look forward to seeing you for your stress-free visit!