Not everyone enjoys going to the dentist, in fact, most people do not. Some reasons may be fear of needles, drill or other dental instruments. A person may have anxiety because of a bad past experience, sensitive teeth or general discomfort with the smells, noises and tastes that go along with dental work. As a result, many go without the necessary care they need and only end up in the dental chair when the situation is critical. At Westerville Smile they offer sedation dentistry to make the patient’s experience more pleasant.
Westerville sedation dentistry is available for a variety of procedures and is a safe and effective option for many patients. For more invasive procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction and root canals, a local anesthetic is used for pain management together with Nitrous Oxide (or laughing gas).
Most patients, with conscious sedation feel as if they have slept through the entire appointment. Nitrous Oxide sedation makes patients feel like they are floating away or have had a few glasses of wine. Westerville sedation dentistry allows the patient to communicate with the dentist and the staff throughout the procedure, although they may not have any recollection of it. If a patient is going in and will have sedation dentistry, they are required to have someone pick them up after the appointment.
Sedation with Nitrous Oxide is a good option when a patient is mildly apprehensive or stressed out or for frightened children. Laughing gas also reduces awareness of time and fatigue, making a lengthy procedure pass quickly. If a patient has a sensitive gag reflex, sedation will make the procedure more comfortable.
If you need dental work done but have been putting it off because of anxiety, contact us at Westerville Smiles to see if sedation is the right option for you.