Dental visits are not easy for every person. In fact, studies suggest that a large percentage of people would prefer to avoid seeing the dentist rather than deal with the anxiety of dental care. Dr. Michael Stern is an experienced dentist in the Concord Township area who understands dental anxiety. His level of care is outstanding and the office environment we have designed is dedicated to patient comfort. In addition to using drill-less dentistry whenever possible and instruments for the earliest detection of cavities, Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills also serves our patients with options for sedation dentistry.
Sedation services can help mildly anxious patients and even those who have avoided dental care for decades due to overwhelming fear. Administered with precision, sedative medication can achieve the right level of relaxation for the individual patient. Your oral health depends on outstanding dental care. Don’t wait another day to get rid of painful dental problems. Contact Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills and discuss how sedation can help you regain control of your oral health.
The original form of sedation, which was discovered centuries ago, is nitrous oxide gas. This type of sedation is so safe and effective that it can help children get through their dental anxieties. Nitrous oxide is inhaled and has an almost immediate effect on a patient’s level of anxiety. Within moments, fear and anxiety are lifted and replaced with a calm feeling of wellbeing. The euphoric effects of nitrous can be so strong that some people get the giggles. In addition to alleviating fears, nitrous oxide reduces the gag reflex, relaxes the mind and the muscles, and maximizes the potential of numbing medication.
One of the nice things about nitrous oxide for sedation is that the effects fade very quickly, allowing you to resume normal activities, including driving, right away.
Oral conscious sedation
Adults with moderate to severe dental anxiety often choose oral conscious sedation for dental visits. Taking oral medication at home before dental appointments does require someone to drive you to and from our office, but will allow you to feel confident and comfortable throughout your visit. Oral conscious sedation promotes relaxation and wellbeing, and may even cause you to doze off. You remain coherent and able to communicate with us. After dental care with oral conscious sedation, patients can rest comfortably at home. When the effects of sedation fully wear off, there will be little memory of the appointment, only a healthier smile.
There is no reason to let fear keep you from enjoying your healthiest smile. Call Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills today and schedule your visit.