Our team at Beaumont Family Dentistry can take the anxiety and fear out of going to the dentist. For many, a visit to the dentist is something to dread or completely avoid. However, avoiding dental treatment can result in deterioration of not only your teeth, but possibly your overall health. For example, recent studies have proven that there is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease. Untreated dental problems can result in larger systemic issues.
With sedation dentistry, there is no need to avoid treatment. We can calm your dental anxiety and help you relax. Our patients even sometimes doze throughout their entire treatment! With sedation dentistry, we can take care of a lot of dental work at once! We can use oral or IV sedation to make you as comfortable as possible for longer or more complicated procedures.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
We can use dental sedation to help almost anyone. Sedation dentistry allows a patient to relax during any dental treatment. Sedation dentistry can help in the following situations:
You and your dentist can determine if dental sedation is right for you. It can help in many circumstances and may be the answer to your dental worries! We offer three different levels of dental sedation, all of which are safe and effective at helping our patients feel relaxed and at ease during a procedure.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This form of sedation is administered by allowing the patient to breath in the nitrous oxide gas. The nitrous oxide gas combined with oxygen is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose. The nitrous oxide helps you relax and feel at ease during treatment. Your dentist is able to easily control the amount of gas you receive. The sedation wears off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home after your treatment. Nitrous works great for nervous children!
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a form of sedation that you take in pill form. It is used to help you relax and to ensure that the treatment goes smoothly. In our office, we typically offer Valium, an anti-anxiety drug that will allow you to feel comfortable throughout the procedure.
For minimal sedation to take the edge off, you will typically take a pill about an hour before treatment. You will feel drowsy, although you will still be awake and aware of your surroundings. A larger dose will produce moderate sedation, and you will feel groggy and may even fall asleep during the procedure. However, this sleep is really only a doze – a gentle shake will wake you up.
Because this type of sedation does not wear off as quickly as the nitrous oxide, you will need someone to drive you to the practice and back home again.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation can be administered only by a licensed professional. At our practice, that is Dr. Ryan Golibersuch. Dr. Golibersuch will administer the sedation medication through an intravenous line, allowing him to control exactly how much sedation you receive.
IV sedation dentistry is our highest form of sedation and creates a sleep-like state of being. You will not remember sounds, smells, sights, or sensations from the procedure. We use this level of sedation for our longest and most complicated procedures. IV sedation can allow you to have an invasive procedure completed in a painless, stress-free manner.
Make an Appointment
If you have previously put off going to the dentist due to fear, this is the solution for you. Our sedation dentistry can help you undergo any dental procedure comfortably. We work hard to provide high-quality, stress-free dentistry to each of our patients. Talk to one of our sedation dentist in Lexington, KY about which dental sedation option is right for you. To make an appointment, you can call our office or use our online form to send us a message. We will be happy to help you get the care you need.
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