September 8, 2016
People always love problem solvers. This is why they are always happy to see the fire department, for example. Even though dentists help people, they don’t illicit the same feelings. One of the most common problems is fear of visiting the dentist. Some people will avoid coming into the office until they are in a critical and painful state. This only serves to create more anxiety, which can create quite a harmful cycle. The sedation dentist in The Woodlands, TX hears the concerns of these patients, and has options for them so they can get the care they need.
Benefits of Sedation
The most obvious benefit of sedation is the reduction of physical discomfort. This is especially prominent in invasive procedures such as an extraction or filling. However, the greater benefit comes from sedation’s effect on the mind. A calm, relaxed patient actually tends to heal faster than one who is tense. Procedures can also occur more quickly because the patient is more likely to be compliant to commands from the doctor. Dentists have two main ways they can sedate patients.
Commonly known as “laughing gas” because of the lightheaded feeling it creates, nitrous oxide has been used by dentists for years in order to gently sedate patients. Nitrous oxide is best used on patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety. Once the patient is in the dentist’s chair, a mask is placed over their nose. The patient breaths as normal and should feel the effects on the gas in about a minute. It is generally described as a warming, comforting feeling, and some even feel like they are floating above the table. The patient will still be awake and able to respond to commands, but all in this relaxed state. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas dissipate quickly, so the patient can go about their day normally.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Patients who experience more severe dental anxiety may choose to utilize oral conscious sedation. Either Dr. Gutierrez or Dr. LeBlanc will prescribe medication that will be taken at a specific time before the procedure. The medication should take effect by the time the patient has reached the dentist’s office. Oral sedation carries with it a comforting and calming feeling similar to nitrous oxide. Once again, the patient will be still be awake, but under the influence of the medication. Due to the strength of the sedation, it is required that a family member or trusted person transport the patient to and from the procedure, as well as keep an eye on them for the rest of the day. By the next morning, all effects should have passed.
We’ll Take Care of You
If you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time due to anxiety, we at Bear Branch Family Dentistry are here to take care of your needs. We will listen to your concerns and come up with the best way for you to get the dental care you need. If you have any questions about the types of sedation we offer, please give us a call today.
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