Patients who suffer from dental anxiety often don't seek the dental treatment that they need; with sedation dentistry, we can calm patients' fears, put them into a relaxed state of mind during treatment, and help ensure their oral health is maintained. At our practice, we use oral conscious sedation for its ease of use and reliable results.View transcript
Sedation dentistry is for those many people who are so fearful to go to the dentist that they haven't been to the Dentist for many years. Unfortunately, these people's teeth are often in a very sad state, broken down teeth, cavities. They're in pain, and they don't know where to go and what to do, but they know they need to do something. When they come in we examine their teeth, we figure out what they need, and then when we're doing any dentistry, they're either sleeping or sedated, so that they're not aware of what's happening. And it's really amazing because these people go home the next day, and they say, "I don't even remember being at the Dentist. This is great." and usually, what happens with these patients over time IS they actually develop a trust with us, so that they don't have to be sedated every time, but initially, we can get the big work that they need to have done, and they don't even know that it's been done. They're so happy about it. The sedation we do in our office is oral conscious sedation, which means the patient takes a couple of small blue pills before they come into the office, about an hour before. Someone drives them. Someone picks them up. But when they get here they're very relaxed. Then, we evaluate to see if they need any more medication when they get here. Pretty soon they're either sleeping or they're very sedated so they don't care, and they don't know what's happening. The next day they wake up, and they can't remember what's happening. One of the benefits of this is that not only their oral health improved and their appearance, they can be happy to smile and chewing without pain, but there are also other health benefits throughout the body. The heart, the circulation system are affected by unhealthy teeth and gums and when those get healthy it helps to improve the overall health of the total body. It's amazing how much patient's love sedation. These patient's that have been in fear about going to the Dentist for ten years or more, they have been avoiding the dentist their whole life and they say, "I never knew this was possible." They come in and they have a good experience at the dentist, and their teeth look good and feel good, and they say, "Wow, this is the most amazing thing. Why didn't I know about this before?"