Your oral health is important, but for some, fear of dental treatments can deter them from getting the care they need for optimum health. Sedation dentistry is an option to relieve the symptoms of anxiety that can accompany dental procedures. Whether you have mild or severe dental anxiety, Converse Dentistry offers sedation options to ensure a comfortable, relaxing experience during your dental procedures.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Does the thought of receiving dental treatment give you a sense of unease? Oral conscious sedation may be the right option for you. This method uses oral medications that are prescribed for use before your appointment to relieve anxiety and put you into a relaxed state. You will be conscious and aware during your treatment, but most people with mild to moderate dental anxiety respond favorably to this level of sedation.
Most people have heard of nitrous oxide, also referred to as "laughing gas", for dental sedation. Nitrous oxide provides a mild sedative for a relaxed state-of-mind for patients with anxiety during dental treatments. Kids and teens that have trouble sitting still or are frightened during dental care are good candidates for nitrous oxide. This is also true for adults that want sedation without lasting effects after their treatment.
IV Sedation Dentistry
When heavier sedation is needed, intravenous medication is available through our certified IV sedation dentist. Those with severe dental anxiety, developmental disabilities, or resistance to numbing anesthesia may benefit from the use of IV sedation. It can also be used for those with a sensitive gag reflex or during lengthy dental procedures. This is a deeper state of sedation; you may still be conscious and aware but with a high level of relaxation during your procedure.
At Converse Dentistry, your comfort is also a priority. We provide a relaxing, caring environment for all our patients' comfort. When extra assistance is needed, we have sedation options available. As with all administered medications, we will review your health and medical history before using sedation during your treatment. Contact Converse Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for comfortable dental care in a warm, friendly environment.