Dental sedation continues to rise in popularity as more and more patients learn about the anxiety-reducing benefits of these treatments. Sedation dentistry has been a big help for patients who have avoided the dentist altogether out of fear or a desire to avoid discomfort or stress. It can be used in conjunction with any of the dental treatments we offer – general dentistry, dental checkups and teeth cleanings, dental implants, porcelain veneers – to improve comfort during what might otherwise be an anxiety-inducing experience. At Remmers Dental in Louisville, patients who’ve otherwise considered visits to the dentist impossible can now achieve total oral health and wellbeing. Our dental office offers both oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation as part of our sedation dentistry program to improve comfort.
Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is great for the patient who just wants to take the edge off what might otherwise be a mildly unpleasant experience. Sure, a dental cleaning isn’t that invasive, but many patients find it difficult to sit for that long. Nitrous oxide sedation alleviates this discomfort, especially for those who severe dental phobia or sensitive, teeth, gums, and gag reflexes. Our team provides nitrous oxide sedation at no additional cost to patients in a variety of situations, so please don’t hesitate to ask about this option. Administered by breathing though a nasal mask during treatment, nitrous oxide dosage can be easily adjusted to ensure maximum comfort during any procedure. Best of all, the results wear away as quickly as they set in, so patients will be able to drive to and from our office and resume their daily actives immediately.
For patients with serious dental anxiety, oral sedation can be used even during something as mild as a dental cleaning. When you visit our Louisville dental office, let us know if you suffer from serious dental anxiety. We’ll discuss your options for sedation dentistry and offer a plan to overcome the fear. Oral conscious sedation involves the use of anti-anxiety medication prior to each appointment. You simply take a pill that’s been given to you by our office, and you’ll drift into an extremely relaxed state. You do not go to sleep, although some patients end up feeling very drowsy. Instead, you’re still conscious enough to follow directions and respond to questions, while feeling like you’re in a far greater state of relaxation than you could achieve with nitrous oxide sedation. Because of the long-lasting effects of oral conscious sedation, patients need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our office.
Sedation dentistry doesn’t just benefit those suffering with dental anxiety. If you need extensive work done, oral conscious or nitrous oxide sedation can make the process easier and allow you to get more done in one sitting. It also helps those with chronic pain problems that make sitting in a dental chair extremely difficult or painful. Kids or patients with cognitive concerns that make advanced dental care upsetting or unsafe may also want to consider sedation dentistry. Many patients with sensitive teeth, gums, and/or gag reflexes and those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia find some form of sedation is necessary to comfortably complete even the least invasive procedures like teeth cleanings.
Our dentists offer dental patients in Louisville and surrounding communities like Elizabethtown and New Albany sedation dentistry because Remmers Dental has maintained a commitment to enhancing your oral healthcare experience since 1966. This includes providing ways to overcome dental anxiety. Patients also take great comfort from our amenities, like blankets and refreshments. Dental care is about so much more than teeth. It’s about creating an environment that encourages total care and ensures that our patients look forward to visiting our dental office year after year. Contact us for an appointment, and don’t hesitate to ask us about your sedation dentistry options.