Although dentists would like their patients to look forward to their visits, we all understand that dental fear is real and very prevalent. At New Health Dental, we have a few different approaches to bring our patients to their greatest degree of comfort during preventative or restorative care. We begin early by taking extra care with our young patients to create a calm and relaxing environment during early childhood dental visits. In this way, we hope our patients will grow to feel at ease with receiving the care needed to maintain optimal oral health.
For our adult patients who have harbored anxiety about dental visits, we offer oral sedation for any type of appointment that is needed. Dental anxiety may stem from a number of factors. Perhaps a patient had a bad dental experience either as a child or as an adult. Perhaps dental anxiety is simply a normal occurrence, but worse for some than others. This anxiety, however, should never stand in the way of a person receiving dental care that could help him or her avoid painful and costly oral disease.
Myths & Facts: Dentistry
Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.
By using oral sedation, we are able to help patients who may otherwise avoid dental visits to obtain evaluations, cleanings, and restorative or cosmetic work when needed. The sedative works on the central nervous system to a degree that the patient's anxiety level is greatly reduced, but is not strong enough to cause a patient to become unconscious, as with general anesthesia. Nevertheless, we monitor all vitals during treatment while a patient is sedated. Although the sedation is mild, and the patient may be awake during treatment, responses to external stimuli are significantly altered, and the sense of pain is suppressed. In the end, the patient is able to undergo treatment without fear or complication, or is able to undergo a long procedure in total comfort.
Oral sedation is widely used and extremely safe, consisting of a single pill taken about an hour before the patient visits our office. Because of the effects of oral sedatives, it is necessary for the patient who uses this service to be driven to and from his or her dental appointment. We also recommend that sedation dentistry patients take the rest of their day to rest and come out from under the effects of sedatives, which may wipe out memory of the treatment received, and possibly other activities performed during the day oral sedation was received.
If fear has kept you from receiving dental care, talk with our staff about the use of sedation during your next visit.
What our patients say about Sedation Dentistry Treatment
"This doctor, staff and hygienist are AMAZING! I can't NOT write a review!!! I am so impressed by how they do EVERYTHING here! And believe me I despise the dentist! I signed my spouse up for the end of the month as well! Stop going anywhere but here (that's my opinion!)!"Amanda S.
SMART was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
Licensed practitioners must exercise their own judgment concerning the specific treatment options to utilize in their practices.