May 9, 2017
We’d like to ask you a sensitive question—when was the last time you saw the dentist? Because the American Dental Association recommends biannual dental checkups and cleanings, the correct answer to that question is sometime in the last six months. However, there are many people who are simply too afraid to see the dentist. Estimates are that more than 30 percent of adults fall into this category. If you happen to be one of these people, we’d like to make a suggestion—see your dentist in Allen just to talk about sedation dentistry. Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Laura Ryan offer three types of sedation. The one that’s right for you will depend on your level of anxiety and what kind of dental procedure you need.
Nitrous Oxide for Mild Dental Fears
If you get jittery about your dental appointment at about the same time that the dentist walks into the exam room, then nitrous oxide is probably a sufficient form of sedation for you. More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is delivered through a comfortable nose mask that is worn during your appointment. As you inhale a measured combination of the gas and oxygen, you’ll almost immediately begin to feel your body and mind relax. This sedation is usually perfect for dental checkups and other non-invasive procedures. When the mask is removed, the affects of nitrous oxide quickly wear off so you can drive.
Oral Conscious Sedation
On the other hand, if dental anxiety strikes before you’ve even arrived at our Allen dental office, then one of our dentists can prescribe an oral sedative. Taken about one hour before your appointment, the medication enters your system and provides a deeper sense of calm. Because you’ve taken a stronger sedative, you will not be allowed to drive. Therefore, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or relative to accompany you to the dentist. During treatment, you will remain awake so the dentist and his team can communicate with you. However, many patients lightly doze and therefore have no recollection of their visit.
For those patients whose dental fear or anxiety is insurmountable, we can have an anesthesiologist come to the office to administer IV sedation. This is also appropriate for patients with special needs, as well as those who have physical disabilities that make sitting in the dentist’s chair for any length of time difficult.
Contact Our Office Today
With sedation dentistry, you can have the dental care you need. All of our sedative options are available to you, and can be selected to accommodate whatever type of procedure you are set to have. Call Ryan Dental Group today!