In many patients’ minds, seeing a dentist only means one thing: pain. It doesn’t matter if this programmed response is a result of childhood experiences, the intimidating sound and feel of a dentist’s tools, or a fear of giving someone access to one’s teeth. The point is, this kind of fear is real, and it stops many people from getting the appropriate dental care they deserve.
The same applies to nervous tics, involuntary muscle reactions, and nervous disorders like Tourette’s syndrome. Those suffering from these conditions may be physically unable to sit still while they’re in a dentist’s chair, leading to botched treatments as well as pain and complications.
Obviously, these are all things you don’t want yourself or your loved ones to experience. This is why Center One Dental is proud to offer you a full suite of sedation dentistry services. Using them, we can offer any patient our full range of dental treatments without them ever having to see their doctor. Instead, the last thing the patient will remember is being put under by a soft anesthetic and waking up with a full set of healthy, beautiful teeth. Here’s how.
Local anesthesia numbs the pain in a specific area of your body. Substances like laughing gas “switch off” your sense of fear and anxiety, allowing the dentist to do his or her work quickly and efficiently without stressing you. Unfortunately, neither of these methods is sufficient to make all of our patients comfortable with the prospect of sitting in a dentist’s chair.
What we offer instead is intravenous sedation. We use modern medications with short half-lives, meaning our patients don’t feel groggy or lethargic like with other general anesthesia options. We also offer options that do not cause respiratory depression to patients who have a history of heart and breathing problems, so you can always rest assured that you or your loved one will be safe throughout treatment.
Outside of IV sedation, the rest of the visit is identical to what usually happens. Our team will take care of your teeth, gums and whatever implants you may have. The only difference is, you won’t feel, see, or hear a thing!
We often get asked what one should do before coming in for sedation dentistry. It’s quite hard to make an exhaustive list, but here are some key points:
Once you’re home from your appointment, you can start eating, drinking, change clothes, and otherwise do whatever you want. Unlike general anesthesia that’s used before complex surgeries, IV-based sedation dentistry won’t force you to cancel any plans!
To find out more about how our office can help you get the dental treatment you need pain and stress-free, contact us today here in Canonsburg, PA!