If you are a patient who gets sweaty palms and a racing heart when you think of having dental treatment, you have a lot of company. About one-third of Americans report having dental anxiety or a fear of the dentist.
Our dentists, Dr. Lawrence Michnick and Dr. Christopher Takacs introduced a solution that makes dentistry a more comfortable experience for our nervous patients. Sedation dentistry opens the door to patients who have put off treatment or who just want to relax completely for their procedure.
Delaying treatment for your oral conditions may cause them to progress, leading to more costly and complex treatment. Sedation dentistry can help you avoid unnecessary dental emergencies and tooth loss by making dentistry easier and more comfortable.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a gentle type of sedation that enters the system through a comfortable nose mask. A sweet smelling gas, nitrous oxide is safe for most patients. We blend it with oxygen and can control the level of sedation easily to ensure your comfort. One of the reasons patients choose nitrous is because it is short-lived, making it possible for you to drive and to resume your normal schedule right away.
Because it is so safe, we can even help kids relax while they receive treatment.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation requires the use of prescription medication to make sure it is safe for you. We want to rule out any interactions with your current prescriptions because safety is always our top priority.
Oral sedation medication allows you to achieve a deeper state of relaxation, though you remain conscious. Many of our patients doze off during treatment and report little or no memory of their actual procedure. You will still be able to respond to our clinical staff and communicate with us. We will make sure that one of our compassionate staff members will stay by your side throughout your appointment.
Because oral sedation medication is long lasting, you will need someone to drive you home from your appointment. You should also plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing and avoiding driving a car. You can get back to your regular schedule the next day if you are feeling up to it.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry
In addition to reducing dental anxiety, others also benefit from oral sedation.
- Patients who have difficulty sitting for extended periods
- Patients who experience have trouble becoming completely numb
- Patients who have an overactive gag reflex
- Patients who want to have a lot of treatment at once
- Patients with certain physical or mental limitations
Contact Us to Learn More
If you think sedation dentistry might be the answer you have been looking for, contact our Ocean City, MD dental office to schedule a consultation to learn more.