Many of our patients who have fears of the dentist or dental anxiety feel that they suffer alone. In reality, between 30 and 40 million Americans put off or cancel trips to the dentist as a result of dental phobia. Dental anxiety can stem from a negative experience in the past, a fear of needles, or nervousness triggered by the smells in a doctor’s office. If you get sweaty palms at the mere mention of dental treatment, do not lose hope—you are not alone, and we have a number of sedation dentistry solutions for you here at Lyons Dental in Centerville Ohio.
Sedation dentistry is a method of helping patients feel at-ease during their dental appointments. Depending on the technique, a certain medication will be provided to help calm patients, either by deeply relaxing them or temporarily putting them to sleep. From moderate nitrous oxide, to safely prescribed oral-conscious sedation, our patients have a wide range of anxiety-reducing options.
For many patients, sedation dentistry is the reason they are able to get the treatment they need, without putting it off due to anxiety or discomfort. Our team is pleased to offer such an effective resource for patients who tend to dread the dentist’s chair.
The calming environment and friendly team at Lyons Dental help put our patients immediately at ease. In fact, Dr. Linty John is especially well-known for her easy-going demeanor and calming chairside manner, which helps even the most anxious patients feel comfortable and confident in the care they will receive. However, we understand that many people suffer from dental anxiety, which can make any visit to the dentist’s office nerve-wracking. For our patients who feel nervous or uneasy, we have a number of safe and effective sedation dentistry options available at Lyons Dental to help them relax.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry
Many of our patients feel sufficiently calmed when we administer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a great way for our patients to unwind during treatment while remaining awake. A small device is placed over the patient’s nose, and as they breathe in the nitrous oxide, they will gradually fade into a very relaxed state. When properly administered, the effects of this gas wear off quickly enough that patients can drive themselves home.
Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry
The next level of sedation, known as oral-conscious sedation, has become increasingly popular. Commonly referred to as sedation, or “sleep” dentistry, this method involves the administration of prescription medications to our patients just before treatment. Oral sedation dentistry enables our patients to reach a deeper state of sedation than is possible with nitrous oxide, allowing them to remain conscious yet anxiety-free. When we employ this method, our patients are often able to undergo multiple treatments or procedures in one visit. Sedation dentistry makes smile makeovers and other cosmetic enhancements and restorative dentistry procedures much more comfortable and convenient, and it also saves our patients time by reducing the number of visits they must make to our office.
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