If you often feel stress or panic when visiting the dentist, you’re likely suffering from dental anxiety. This can be a serious issue if it prevents you from getting the care that you need.
At our practice, we try to be as accommodating as possible and create a comfortable environment for patients with dental anxiety. That’s why we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry options at our practice.
Sedation dentistry helps patients with anxiety feel relaxed during any procedure. If you’re feeling nervous or stressed about a treatment you need, sedation might be the best option for you. Drs. Elam and Vaughan have both earned licenses to practice conscious sedation and continue to receive ongoing education about sedation techniques.
We offer three different methods of sedation at our practice to meet your individual needs.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you choose oral conscious sedation for your visit, you’ll be given a small pill to take 30 minutes before your appointment. Once the effects have set in and you’re thoroughly relaxed, we’ll begin your treatment. Oral conscious sedation is popular among dentists because it’s easy to administer, safe, and effective.
Please be aware you will need someone to drive you home if you choose this option.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, has been used in dentistry for decades to help ease patients’ stress. It has remained a popular method of sedation for so long because it provides patients with a feeling of comfort and euphoria during treatment. Best of all, the effects wear off quicker than other sedation methods so you can drive yourself home.
IV sedation is typically used for surgical procedures such as tooth extraction. However, for patients suffering from extreme anxiety, it can be used for any procedure. If you choose IV sedation, a sedative will be delivered intravenously into your arm and you’ll quickly fall into a state of deep relaxation. By the time the effects start to wear off, your dental care will be complete and you won’t even remember it happening.
If you choose this option, it’s important to not eat or drink anything before your procedure and get a ride home from someone you know.
Say Goodbye to Dental Anxiety
If you’re a patient in the Nashville area suffering from dental anxiety, we can provide the answer to your problems with sedation dentistry. At Dentistry of Nashville, our team includes certified sleep dentists who can help eliminate your fears and get your smile the treatment it needs. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry or want to learn more, contact our office today.