What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sometimes dental anxiety or stress can cause a patient to avoid getting the treatment that they need. Thoughts of visiting the dentist, or of a specific procedure can deter an anxious patient from seeking help, even if it means sacrificing their oral health.
With sedation dentistry services from your Apollo Beach & Riverview, FL team, you’ll never have to worry about dental anxiety again, and you’ll be able to receive the treatment and care that your teeth desperately need. Sedation dentistry services are treatments that are administered before a patient’s regular appointment and help a patient relax and feel completely at ease throughout their procedure. Our sedation dentistry treatments for patients in Apollo Beach & Riverview, FL relieve anxiety and stress, and can even reduce sensitivity. At our practice, three types of sedation dentistry are available.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that has been used in dental procedures to help patients feel more comfortable for decades. The type of sedation induced by nitrous oxide is lighter than oral conscious or IV sedation, and will wear off quickly after your appointment is over. Unlike with other sedation treatments, patients who choose nitrous oxide will be able to drive themselves to and from the dentist office.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a type of sedation dentistry treatment, offered by the Riverview, FL dentists at South Shore Dental Excellence, which is administered using a tablet. About half an hour before your appointment, you will take a small pill with a glass of water. The effects of the oral conscious sedation will kick in shortly before your appointment, and you’ll be able to enjoy a deeper state of relaxation throughout your procedure. Because the treatment puts patients in a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation patients will need to find a ride to and from the dentist office.
Our IV sedation dentistry treatment is administered before a patient’s regular appointment using an IV. Your sedation dentist will carefully monitor you throughout the procedure and will help you reach a state of deep relaxation and calm that will last throughout your appointment. Patients who choose IV sedation will need to get a friend or loved one to drive them to and from the dentist office.
To find out more about sedation dentistry options in the Apollo Beach & Riverview, FL areas, contact our office today.