Sedation Dentistry Can Bring Peace of Mind
Many people are gripped with anxiety when they think about going to the dentist. For a significant number, their fear of dental treatment is so bad that they delay getting necessary treatment—or they avoid the dentist altogether. If this sounds familiar, you should know about sedation dentistry. In Fishers, IN, Dr. David Taler offers several options for sedation so that you can be relaxed and comfortable throughout your appointment. Sedation dentistry refers to medication administered before or during treatment that allows you to feel calm. Our team is very experienced with providing this helpful service so that you can get the care you need. To learn more, contact us and schedule an appointment today.
Options for Sedation
The sedation that dentists use to help relax their patients is both safe and effective. The type of sedation your dentist recommends will be based on your anxiety level, length of your appointment, and what kind of procedure you are undergoing. Dr. Taler is specially trained in sedation dentistry and offers several options so that he can select the right one for you.
Also called laughing gas, this type of sedation is a mixture of nitrous oxide and air. This mild sedative has been used for many years in dental offices and hospitals and is appropriate for all ages of patients, from the very young to the elderly. It is administered from a canister by a tube and a small mask. You will feel relaxed, but remain alert. Once the inhalation of the gas stops, the anesthetic effects end quickly.
Oral sedation refers to a group of sedatives called benzodiazepines that can have a mild or moderate sedative effect depending on the dosage. Dr. Taler selects the appropriate medication, and you simply take a pill at a designated time prior to your procedure. You will feel drowsy but will still be awake, and you will be very relaxed. You may have a limited memory of the procedure, and effects of the medication last for a few hours.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Delivered with a small needle in the top of your hand or inner elbow, this medication takes effect quickly. You will be completely relaxed and comfortable, since IV sedation eliminates both anxiety and pain. Dr. Taler can accomplish more extensive treatment when patients recieve this type of sedation because it relaxes the jaw and facial muscles. For this reason, it is also a good option for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.
This type of sedation is reserved for those with severe dental anxiety who are undergoing extensive procedures. Medication is started through an IV and sometimes supplemented with a mask. A qualified anesthesiologist delivers the sedation and monitors you throughout. You will “go to sleep” quickly and be completely unconscious throughout your procedure.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Benefit You
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool that can allow you to get the treatment you want and need. Patients who have dental anxiety or phobia can fall into a spiral in which they avoid routine and necessary dental care, which makes their oral health worse, and leads to even more avoidance. This is completely unnecessary with safe, modern, and trusted dental sedation techniques. Millions of patients have gotten their care comfortably, even after years of suffering, and so can you.
Dr. Taler and his entire staff want to help you achieve the best oral health possible. To learn more about sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today and call (317) 849-1223.