October 10, 2017
You might be aware of some of the apparent benefits of dental sedation, like that it can allow nervous patients to get the dental care they need. But if you’d like to find out about some of the less obvious effects of using dental sedation to relieve dental anxiety, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 today!
At our Kansas City, MO dentist office, Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and our highly-skilled, compassionate team will do all we can to help you relax while we improve your smile.
Whether you’re getting a routine dental cleaning and exam or a full-mouth reconstruction, dental sedation may be an option for you. No matter which treatment you receive from us, we will do all we can to make your procedure comfortable.
Take Advantage Of The Many Uses Of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation has made a huge difference for patients that have dental anxiety. People that would avoid the dentist until they absolutely couldn’t any longer because of dental pain are now able to relax at the dentist and get the care their smiles need. But we also have found that dental sedation has many benefits for patients that you might not have guessed.
For starters, dental sedation can be a great option for people who have a very busy schedule and need an extensive procedure or multiple procedures done. With dental sedation, patients will be more relaxed and we’ll be able to work more quickly and efficiently.
Of course, we’ll provide an anesthetic if there is any chance of discomfort during a given treatment, but dental sedation will also help to make you more comfortable while we are working on improving your smile. In many cases, patients will be able to get a lengthy set of procedures done in just one appointment instead of having to spread the treatments out across multiple visits.
Another demographic that can benefit from dental sedation is patients who have special needs. If you or a family member struggles to sit still in the dentist’s chair because the whole process can be overwhelming, we can provide some extra relaxation thanks to dental sedation.
Instead of associating the dentist with confusing dental treatments, your loved one will be able to sit back and relax in our office. They may even look forward to visiting us in the future because they’ll think of a calming experience when they look back on their appointment.
Patients that have a severe gag reflex also enjoy more pleasant dental experiences thanks to our dental sedation options. Instead of feeling uncomfortable and having to stop us in the middle of a dental cleaning, you’ll be able to open wide and get your treatments done quickly.
We won’t tell you to “just deal with it” if you have a gag reflex because we understand how unpleasant that sensation can be. We’re here to find ways to get you the care you need, not to make you feel like something uncontrollable is somehow your fault.
Because every patient is unique, we offer a few different forms of dental sedation. We’ll discuss your procedure and your level of comfort with dental care to help you determine the form and level of treatment that is right for you. We will also carefully monitor your level of sedation during your visit to ensure your steady and continued comfort.
One form of sedation that many people are aware of is nitrous oxide dental sedation, more commonly known as “laughing gas.” You’ll inhale this gas mixed with oxygen through a small mask and feel a relaxing sensation in moments. Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly as well, so you’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment if you wish.
We can also provide a prescription for oral conscious sedation in pill form during an initial consultation. About an hour or so before your scheduled appointment, you’ll take this medication so you can arrive completely relaxed. You’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you.
IV sedation is the strongest form of sedation we provide. You’ll feel the effects and experience a dream-like state almost immediately. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to get you a ride.
We also give our patients various comfort options. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help relax you!
Learn more about the various perks that dental sedation can provide during visits to the dentist by calling Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539. You can also use our online form to schedule or ask questions.