Occasionally a patient may become anxious and cannot relax during an office visit. As many as 30% of adults in America are afraid of needles. Sedation dentistry offers these dental patients a safe and effective alternative.
There are three forms of conscious sedation that allow a patient to relax and/or become sleepy. Forms of conscious sedation may involve nitrous oxide analgesia, taking an oral medication or receiving medication intravenously. At Willamette Valley Prosthodontics we utilize oral and nitrous oxide sedation.
Sedation dentistry relaxes the patient and allows those who might avoid a dental visit a safe and anxiety-free alternative. If you are hesitant about scheduling your next visit, consider sedation dentistry. Ask us for more information, and we will be sure to put your mind at ease.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is most often used for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over the patient's nose. As the gas begins to work, the patient becomes calm, but is still awake and can communicate. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.
Patients who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation, the patient may be sleepy but can be aroused if necessary and can respond to simple commands.
Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medications. Before a visit in which a patient is to receive oral sedation, he/she should receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after treatment. You will need assistance to get you to the appointment and home after sedation. Patients may need to stay for a short observation after dental treatment has been completed.
Willamette Valley Prosthodontics is a leading dental office for your restorative dental needs, being the expert prosthodontic center that patients and even other dentists rely on for superior dental care. We have state-of-the-art dental equipment. We offer professional, talented and caring services. Please feel free to call to set up a private consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Levine will assess your condition and educate you on which treatment options are the best under the circumstances. At your consultation, we will discuss your dental health concerns and goals in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We will never pressure, nor do anything that you aren’t completely comfortable with.Request An Appointment Online
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