You wake up from the same nightmare you’ve been having for years — the one when you’re at the dentist. There are variations, of course: sometimes it’s me working on your teeth, sometimes it’s an unknown dentist, and sometimes it’s Jordan Zimmerman from the Detroit Tigers. What remains consistent is that you are terrified, your heart rate is elevated, and you’re sweating — all because you know that whatever treatment is planned is going to hurt. If you tend to put off your semi-annual appointments because you’re worried that your nightmare might come true, STOP! Dentistry doesn’t have to hurt. From your cleanings to elaborate surgeries, there is no need for you to worry about pain. How can I make such a bold statement?
Even if you’re great about making it to your appointments despite your fear of pain, there is no need for you to dread trips to my office. There are plenty of ways that I can keep you comfortable — even during a cleaning. Here are the different types of sedation I offer that promise pain-free and anxiety-free treatments:
- Nitrous Oxide — This gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask worn over the nose. You stay awake during your procedure but are very relaxed. The effects wear off shortly after we stop administering the “laughing gas,” allowing you to drive yourself home from your appointment.
- Oral Sedation — For oral sedation, I prescribe a medication to be taken about an hour before your procedure. The dosage can be adjusted, allowing for minimal (drowsy and relaxed, but awake) to moderate (you may fall asleep during your procedure) sedation. The medication stays in your system for some time after the procedure, so a ride home is necessary.
If the mere thought of injections have you worried, there’s no need to fear. I will apply a topical numbing gel prior before administering a shot. What does this mean for you? You won’t even feel the needle!
I want you to be happy with the results of your treatment, but I also want you to be free of any fear leading up to and during your appointment. With all of these methods at my disposal, why would you try to tough it out and tolerate pain or anxiety? When you schedule your next appointment, mention your concerns and ask about sedation dentistry. I look forward to seeing you outside of your nightmares.