IV Sedation & Other Ways To Address AnxietyJuly 26th, 2016
Take a deep breath and try to relax. We want you to feel calm and comfortable when you visit Ascension Premier Dental.
Our staff will do everything we can to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
For some patients, that’s plenty, but if you are one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety, then it may not be enough.
We want you to know that it’s OK, and you are, too.
We offer three kinds of sedation dentistry. It’s one of the ways we want to help patients who are anxious about dental care feel more at ease about visiting our dentist office in Geismar, LA.
Common Sedation Options
Two of the most common types of sedation dentistry are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Either one may be a great option for you or someone in your family.
Nitrous oxide, which you may also know as “laughing gas,” has been used in dental care for more than 150 years. People have known about the relaxing and pain-relieving effects that come from inhaling this gas for a long time.
If you receive this type of dental sedation, all you need to do is breathe. You will start to feel the effects of nitrous oxide within minutes of inhaling it.
You will continue breathing it throughout your procedure. At the end, all we have to do is turn off the gas. You will exhale any remaining nitrous oxide in your system.
You will be back to feeling like yourself within minutes, and ready to go on about your day.
Patients who have a higher level of dental anxiety may prefer oral conscious sedation.
This type of sedation dentistry is as simple as taking a pill before you come to your appointment. Please note that someone else should drive you to our office and back to your house. You may feel the effects of this medication for a while after your treatment is complete.
The medication will allow you to remain calm. You may feel groggy, or you may remember parts of your treatment. In either case, you will remain relaxed until long after you leave the dentist’s chair.
Another Level Of Sedation
We are proud to say that we are the only dentist office in our area that offers IV sedation for our patients.
IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation we offer, and it can only be administered by individuals who have been trained and licensed to do so. Members of our staff have completed this training.
When you are under IV sedation, you will remain in a sleep-like state. You won’t feel any pain, and you won’t be worried about your procedure. However, you will be able to respond to the dentist if needed, even though you most likely will not remember anything about your treatment.
IV sedation is great for two kinds of patients — people with severe dental anxiety and people who are undergoing longer, more complicated treatments.
As with oral conscious sedation, you must make arrangements for someone else to drive you home. You will continue to feel the effects of this sedation for some time after you leave our office. You should plan to rest at home after you receive IV sedation.
Your Comfort Is Important
Many patients prefer to receive dental care without sedation. That’s great, but your comfort is still important to us.
We have two private operatories, so you can feel confident that your treatment will remain between you and our dental care professionals.
We have also invested in technology to make your dental care easier. Digital X-rays allow us to see those images faster while exposing you to less radiation than older X-rays machines.
Laser cavity detection can help us identify tooth decay earlier than ever, so we can treat it faster and more effectively.
We also have comfort options to make your stay with us a little cozier. Each of our patient rooms has a television with headphones if you would prefer to focus on something other than your dental care. We also have blankets and wireless internet access.
And if there is something we could do differently that will make your dental care a little easier, please ask. We will see what we can do.
Keep Calm And Come To See Us
Dental anxiety affects millions of people across the United States. We want to help anyone with anxiety in or near Geismar, LA, receive the oral care that they need and deserve.
Our comfort and sedation options have allowed us to help many patients, and we are confident we can help you, too, at Ascension Premier Dental. Just call us at 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form if you would like to learn more.