It is common for patients to feel uneasy about visiting their dentist. This is why cosmetic dentists such as Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills can offers his patients sedation dentistry as a way to get them into the dental office for the treatments they need. From a simple examination to a more complex procedure such as a smile makeover, patients can visit with their dentist to speak about sedation methods that may be best for them based on their level of fears and anxieties.
Sedation dentistry available at Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills includes nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Known as “laughing gas” by many patients, nitrous oxide sedation can be used on children and adults. This method of sedation is administered through the mouth and nose as an odorless gas and it can provide almost immediate relaxation. Some patients describe the feeling as that of having several glasses of wine—they are aware and coherent, able to follow instructions, but have a feeling of being at ease. This type of sedation is best for patients with mild fears, and can even be used on individuals who have strong gag reflexes or may be difficult to numb with local anesthetics.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For those with moderate to severe anxieties, oral conscious sedation may be more beneficial. This method of sedation requires patients to take oral medication before their appointment. They must arrange transportation that does not require them to drive. During their dental visit, they will be awake and coherent, able to follow instructions and answer questions from Dr. Michael Stern. They will be taken home after their visit to rest, and they will wake up without any recollection of their appointment—but a healthier, more beautiful smile! This type of sedation may be recommended for patients who are extremely anxious, or for those who are having several procedures done at once and will spend an extended period in the dental chair.
Call Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills today and ask about sedation dentistry to discover how it can allow you to enjoy a more positive dental experience!