Millions of people skip out on visiting the dentist every year because of anxiety, and unlike other offices, the team at Creating Smiles is actually prepared to help our more nervous patients. Our team is extremely friendly, understanding, and we always take the time to listen to our patients’ concerns so we can better personalize their experience. Most of the time, this makes any anxiety go away, but for those who need a little extra help, we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry.
Many people think that sedation dentistry involves putting a patient to sleep, but this isn’t the case. Most patients are able to stay awake, but the sedation helps them become completely relaxed both mentally and physically, allowing them to remain calm during their appointments.
With the types of sedation methods we use, there are no injections. Instead, most sedatives are taken orally, and they are so effective that many patients barely remember their visit afterward. For special needs patients, sedation can also assist with safety and compliance, making it much easier for someone to get the care they need.
Whether you or your child aren’t exactly a fan of the dentist, we would love to change your mind using the power of sedation. After one anxiety-free appointment, many patients are “cured” of their dental fear! Others are pleased to see that it’s possible to take care of their smile without excess stress. Whatever the case may be, we’re ready to give you the most comfortable dental experience of your life, and to learn more about your options, give us a call today.
We offer different types of sedation, and each option may be better suited for a particular patient depending on their level of anxiety, what kind of procedure they need, and whatever other health concerns they might have. Each method offers a different level of sedation (mild, moderate, and deep) and can be specially-tailored for each patient. Before using sedation dentistry, we’ll take a patient’s full medical history and note any medications they are currently using.
Right now, we’re able to offer:
Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is perfect for helping patients feel more relaxed during their routine checkups and cleanings. It’s so safe and gentle that we can even use it with small children. Inhaled through a small nasal mask, the gas naturally elevates someone’s mood and creates a general sense of well-being. It also helps someone feel slightly numb all over, reducing the pain response.
After getting IV sedation, most patients say that they feel like they slept through the entire appointment. This method is better for patients with more severe dental anxiety. The sedative is administered into the bloodstream using a small injection in the hand or arm. This causes patients to immediately become relaxed, and we can actually adjust a patient’s sedation level in real time to ensure they are comfortable moment to moment. This approach is also good for children with special needs, and it will be administered by a licensed anesthesiologist to ensure the health and safety of the child.
If you aren’t exactly a fan of needles, we can prescribe you a pill to take at home on the day of your appointment. By the time you reach our office, you should already be sedated, and if necessary, we can give you even more medication. This will make your appointment feel like it is flying by very fast, and afterward, you’ll only have fuzzy memories of it. Due to the strength of OCS, it’s required that a friend or family member drive you to and from the office on the day of your visit.
Benzodiazepines are a type of drug that is commonly used to reduce anxiety, prevent muscle spasms, treat insomnia, and stop seizures. We utilize a variety of them in our practice to help our patients, and depending on your anxiety-level and how long you need to be sedated, we can pair you with the right drug to get the best result. If we recommend that you use oral conscious sedation, you may be prescribed: