A significant percentage of people, around 15%, avoid dental care because of dental fear or anxiety. Unfortunately, these patients live with infected, discolored, damaged, or otherwise painful teeth instead of seeking dental care.
Hires Dental Care offers a judgment-free environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable. To that end, we offer sedation dentistry in our Toledo, OH dental office to help patients achieve their oral health goals in comfort.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
You might consider sedation dentistry if you tend to avoid dental visits due to anxiety, or even if you have a complicated procedure coming up that is giving you anxiety. In many cases, patients with a lifetime of dental fear attribute dental fear to:
- Fear of pain or strong gag reflex
- Negative past experiences
- Feeling out of control
- Discomfort with sounds and smells of the dental office
- Not wanting to feel numb
Sedation dentistry may be appropriate for people with a low pain threshold or who aren’t able to sit still in a dentist chair, such as individuals with special needs. You and your dentist also may decide to utilize sedation dentistry if you have a large amount of dental work completed, even if you don’t always suffer from dental fear.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Hires Dental Care offers three types of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is an effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It does not put you to sleep. You will still be able to carry on a conversation with the dentist, but it does help you feel more calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed, and you should be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation relaxes you and reduces your sense of pain. You are aware of your surroundings and can carry on a conversation, but you’ll be less responsive to what is happening. You will probably also feel drowsy and might feel like taking a nap during the procedure.
The pill that is used most often is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. Find a friend or family member to take you to and from your appointment if you have taken oral sedation.
IV sedation is administered through the vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation, and it allows you to be either almost or completely “out” during your procedure.
Sedation Dentistry in Toledo, OH
If you are searching for a dentist office that offers judgement-free dentistry in Toledo, and sedation dentistry in the Sylvania Township OH area, schedule an appointment today. Hires Dental Care is accepting new patients from all Lucas County communities and surrounding areas. Whether you need a family dentist or you suffer from complex dental issues, Dr. J. Eric Hires, Dr. Nithya Nagaraj, and Dr. Shreea Handa are here to help you.