Get the Calm Care Your Smile Deserves
While some patients have minimal pre-procedural dental anxiety, some patients become completely overwhelmed with fear about some aspect of dentistry. This can involve worrying about an injection or procedure they perceive to be painful, the discomfort of keeping one’s mouth open for an extended period of time, or a lengthy treatment plan. At Progressive Dental Office Cosmetic and Implant Center, we understand dental anxiety is a common issue that prevents too many people from getting the oral care their smile needs and deserves. Rest assured, our compassionate dentist Dr. Edek Gonzalez and entire team go the extra mile to deliver gentle dental care in a warm, friendly and welcoming setting. In addition to using local anesthetics, we offer sedation dentistry in Hialeah, FL that is customized to your unique level of dental fear and the procedure you’re undergoing. In addition to lessening dental anxiety and fear, sedation reduces procedure-related pain and in many cases, enables our team to complete complex treatments in just one visit.
Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?
If any of the following issues are preventing you from getting the dental care you need, you’ll benefit from receiving some type of sedation.
Soothing Sedation Dentistry Options
A mainstay of sedation dentistry for almost 200 years, nitrous oxide is still the most widely used dental sedation method in the U.S. Commonly called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that produces an analgesic and relaxing effect on the central nervous system. The safe and effective sedative agent is mixed with oxygen inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. Nitrous oxide alleviates mild to moderate dental anxiety and will help you relax. While under nitrous oxide, you’ll remain conscious and experience a sense of well-being or euphoria. After the nitrous oxide is turned off, you’ll breathe in oxygen only for a few minutes. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly and many patients have little memory about the procedure. This type of sedation doesn’t produce any lingering side effects, so you can drive yourself home.
Oral sedation is beneficial if you have mild to moderate levels of fear and anxiety, but may be less effective if your anxiety is severe. Dr. Gonzalez prescribes the lowest effective dose of a sedative agent to best suit your needs. Oral sedatives used for this purpose are typically a drug class called benzodiazepine, which includes diazepam (Valium), triazolam (Halcion) and alprazolam (Xanax). These drugs decrease activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. It’s common to take one pill an hour before your procedure, although some patients also take a pill the night before to reduce worrying about the procedure. Although you remain conscious, you may feel drowsy and/or significantly relaxed. It’s also likely you won’t remember anything about your procedure. Due to lingering effects, somebody will need to drive you home.
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