For A Stress-Free Experience, Choose Sedation Dentistry
- November 1, 2017
Are you afraid of the dentist? If so, you’re in good company. Roughly one in 10 Americans admit that fear of the dentist is keeping them from an important procedure or their regular checkups.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! At Gentle Dental Care, we offer three kinds of dental sedation to help you relax during your appointment. It’s a great option for patients who are getting extensive dental work done, but it can also be helpful if you experience a lot of anxiety surrounding your visits to the dentist.
And you can feel confident under Dr. Peltzer’s care! He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sedation dentistry and dental anesthesia. He has also completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to make sure he stays up-to-date on the latest advances in sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of certain medications to calm or relax you during a dental exam or procedure. There are several different kinds of dental sedation, and each of them affects the way you experience and remember your treatment. We’ll go over the different kinds of dental sedation in just a minute.
The use of dental sedation is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although with most kinds of dental sedation, you’re conscious for the procedure. Still, you won’t feel a thing in many cases.
What Are The Different Forms Of Dental Sedation?
At Gentle Dental Care, we offer three types of dental sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a small mask that covers your nose. We find that nitrous oxide is a great solution for mild to moderate dental anxiety. It’s also great if you have trouble sitting still for long periods of time. After just a few deep breaths of the nitrous oxide, you’ll begin to feel a sense of calm or euphoria. One of the best things about this option is that it quickly wears off once the dental work is done, so you’ll likely be able to drive home and go about your day once your procedure is over.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Administered in the form of a pill, oral conscious sedation offers a deeper sedation than nitrous oxide. You’ll take the pill at a set amount of time before your procedure, and when you arrive at our office, you’ll feel relaxed and ready for the dental work. Though the effects of oral conscious sedation may differ from person to person, many say they feel somewhat sleepy after taking the pill. That’s why we require patients who undergo oral conscious sedation to arrange a ride to and from our office. One of the drawbacks of this form of sedation is that once you take the medication, there’s little control over how deeply sedated you are or how long the effects will last.
- IV Sedation: Sometimes referred to as “twilight conscious sedation,” IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer. We find that it’s especially helpful for patients experiencing mild to moderate dental anxiety, as well as those needing extensive work done. The medication involved is administered directly into the bloodstream, so it is extremely fast-acting. You’ll experience your procedure in sort of a dream-like state, and you’ll have little memory of it afterward!
Dr. Peltzer has had extensive training and experience in hospital and outpatient surgery centers, so often recommend IV sedation to patients. Dr. Peltzer has also earned a State of Connecticut Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation permit, which is a rare achievement for a general dentist in Connecticut!
One of the advantages of IV sedation is that it’s easy to control the level of sedation and make adjustments if necessary. We’ll closely monitor your vital signs — like your heartbeat, blood pressure, and body temperature — to ensure your safety and comfort.
As with oral conscious sedation, we do ask that you arrange a ride to and from our office, since you may feel the effects of IV sedation for a while.
Overcome Your Dental Anxiety
If dental anxiety is keeping you from the care you need, it’s time to try sedation dentistry!
Dr. Peltzer will work with you to determine which form of sedation fits your needs. Whether you need help overcoming your fears, have trouble sitting still, or just want to comfortably experience your dental treatment, sedation dentistry can help.