Sedation With No Needles!
If it’s been a while since you visited the dentist and you’re looking for a relaxing experience, sedation may be the right solution for you. With conscious sedation, you can overcome dentist anxiety and feel greater confidence about your procedures. Not all dentists in Colorado Springs offer this luxury, but My Dental Company is proud to stand out.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
This is a specialized form of dental care where the patient is gently sedated at the beginning of a procedure. At My Dental Company, we use oral sedation, which involves taking a pill about an hour before the procedure that will typically keep the patient awake, but make them drowsy enough to feel relaxed for the duration of their visit. With conscious sedation, the patient is more comfortable and the procedure is slightly easier for the dentist, which makes the entire visit and healing process much faster.
Truly Relaxing in the Dental Chair
Millions of people all around the United States avoid going to the dentist on a regular basis. Dental anxiety is one of the major reasons why. Patients worry about pain and discomfort, often due to a lower pain tolerance, gag reflex, or a negative experience they’ve had in the past. Luckily, we can combat that anxiety and make your visit stress-free.
How it Works
There are actually several different strategies for sedation that can be used based on your needs, but at My Dental Company, we use conscious sedation on our patients. Oral sedation can be provided about 30-60 minutes before treatment using a pill. With conscious sedation, you’ll never have to worry about pain and discomfort from your procedure.
Most patients don’t need to do anything to prepare for sedation, but it’s a good idea to avoid alcohol and stimulants for 48 hours beforehand. With oral sedation, you will still be awake and responsive during the procedure, so that you are able to listen and respond to your dentist the entire time. Be prepared to have someone else drive you to and from the procedure, as you could still be drowsy and unable to drive when you’re done.
Benefits of Sedation
There are many wonderful benefits of conscious sedation that make dental procedures much more relaxing and doable. It is certainly helpful to those with severe fear/anxiety about coming to the dentist, as well as for those with a low pain tolerance or bad gag reflex. Furthermore, it is beneficial if a patient wants to get a lot of dentistry done all at once to avoid multiple visits and discomfort, as well as guarantees faster healing time because the patient is more relaxed. Especially for procedures that are more intrusive, like removing wisdom teeth, sedation eliminates the anxiety of a painful and uncomfortable experience and ensures a pleasant one.
Questions to Ask Yourself
The most important question to ask is whether you are more comfortable using safe, proven sedation methods instead of trying to “tough it out.” Before deciding on sedation, it’s a good idea to discuss your needs with Dr. Doug Olson so we can prepare the right approach for you.
To learn more about sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO, call us today.