Ease Your Dental Fears with Sedation Dentistry
Does the thought of a dental visit set your heart racing? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of patients suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Often, patients avoid the dentist for years, even though they require much needed care. Dr. Frank Avason III offers sedation dentistry for dental phobic patients. When you visit our Denver, NC, dental practice, you can choose from four types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia - all of which are safe and effective. The team at Avason Family Dentistry will thoroughly explain your options and help you choose the right method for you. We are committed to personalized and honest care.
Is Sedation Right for You?
Dental sedation can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from dental anxiety. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Elevated heart rate at the dentist’s office or when preparing for a visit
- Trouble sleeping before a dental appointment
- Sweaty palms
- Constant thoughts about your visit
- Neglecting dental care for years because you are nervous
Anxiety can arise for many reasons, including past experiences or stories from other people. We provide gentle, compassionate care that will help ease your fears. Sedation can make it easier to receive the care you need. You may also benefit from sedation if you are going to undergo a lengthy or complex treatment, such as implant surgery or wisdom teeth removal. In these cases, we will also provide local anesthesia during treatment.
Types of Sedation at Avason Family Dentistry
In addition to being a certified dentist, Dr. Avason also has experience in pharmaceuticals. He will review your sedation options with you prior to your procedure, to ensure that you understand each one. The right method for you will depend on your procedure and the level of your anxiety. We offer four types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most conservative and one of the most common choices. As you breathe nitrous oxide in through a mask, the gas will produce feelings of relaxation or euphoria. The effects wear off quickly, and you can typically drive yourself home after your treatment.
- IV sedation will produce a twilight sleep, similar to oral conscious sedation. We will administer the drugs directly into your blood stream, and adjust the levels during your procedure. Both oral conscious and IV sedation wear off slowly, so you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home.
- Oral conscious sedation can have different effects. If you only suffer from mild apprehension, Dr. Avason may prescribe a small dose of anti-anxiety medication, which will help ease your nerves. If you have severe phobia, he can prescribe a larger dose. This will induce a twilight sleep.
- General anesthesia is most appropriate for extensive oral surgery. Under general anesthesia, you will be asleep during your procedure. Dr. Avason will bring in a certified anesthesiologist to administer general anesthesia if this option is selected.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Benefit You?
By easing your nerves, sedation can have a number of benefits. First, it will make your treatment easier and stress-free. With these medications, your visit will proceed quickly, and you will experience negligible discomfort. If you choose a deeper form of sedation, you will have very little memory of the procedure when the drugs wear off.
Dental sedation can improve your overall health, since you will be far less likely to neglect your dental care, including routine cleanings and necessary restorative procedures.
Dental sedation can also improve your overall health. You will be far less likely to neglect your dental care, including routine cleanings and necessary restorative procedures. Therefore, you will have a lower risk for cavities, infection, gum disease, and similar problems.
Want to Learn More?
If you feel nervous visiting the dentist, our sedation dentistry services may be a good option for you. Contact Avason Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Avason, and find out which type of medication may best suit your needs.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III