Have you ever felt the following: getting clammy hands when walking by a dentistry: feeling jittery at the thought of a dental procedure or a cleaning; feeling faint at the sight, sounds, or smells of a dental office. If you said yes to any of these conditions, then you may have dental anxiety. This isn’t a medical condition, but is nevertheless a common trait found with patients who may have had bad experiences at the dentist before.
At the Dentistry of Nashville, we want our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed. But we understand that actions speak louder than words, so we want to take action and provide you with a variety of sedation dentistry methods to help you relax for your appointment. A healthy mouth makes a healthy body, and dental visits are important to that equation.
To protect the patient’s identity, we’ll name him Robby. When Robby was nine years old, he went to the dentist for a filling for a cavity. Unfortunately, his dentist mishandled the local anesthesia, and Robby left in pain and in tears. Since then, Robby was terrified of visiting the dentist. While he did his best to take care of his teeth, too many years without a cleaning had left his teeth in bad shape. He needed several fillings and was in danger of losing a tooth entirely due to decay.
Robby’s new wife was a patient with us, and when she described his troubles, we told her to invite him in for a consultation. We reassured Robby that we had sedation available that did not require any needles and could help him relax, so that he’d get the care he needs before he lost any more teeth. With a simple oral conscious sedation tablet, Robby was relaxed and calm for his following appointments, and we were able to restore his smile.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation entails consuming a small tablet about 30 minutes before your treatment. By the time you sit in the chair, you’ll feel what’s called “twilight sleep” where you’ll feel very relaxed and will have no memory of the treatment once completed.
Due to the effects of oral conscious sedation, it’s required that you bring someone with you who can drive you home afterwards.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a breathing mask, and will help you feel more relaxed before a procedure or treatment. Safe and effective, it also wears off quicker than the other methods, so our patients can transport themselves to and from our office with ease.
IV Sedation is a much deeper form of sedation that is administered through an IV in your arm. This form of sedation is a much deeper form of sedation, wherein we’ll you’ll still be able to communicate with the dentists, but will have no memory of the procedure as well.
Like the oral conscious sedation, the effects take longer to wear off, so we require that another person be the one to transport you to and from our office in Nashville, TN.
Why Do I Need Sedation Dentistry?
Well, it’s a given that dental care is just as vital to your bodily health as any other organ in your body. The more you take care of it, the better you’ll feel about yourself and your smile. Whether it’s a simple cleaning, or a more complex procedure, we want to help you feel comfortable and confident in your treatment. We recommend sedation dentistry techniques so that our patients can receive the care they need for longer-lasting smiles.
Contact Us to Relieve Your Fears
Do you find yourself paralyzed with fear at the thought of a dental visit? Contact us at Dentistry of Nashville to explore our sedation dentistry options. Our goal is for you to have a comfortable and progressive visit with us to ensure that your oral health is in tip-top shape. Schedule a consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, or Fleming and we’ll be happy to detail our options for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us today in Nashville, TN.