March 17, 2017

Many people have fear or anxiety about seeing a dentist, even if it is just for a cleaning or checkup. If you are one of them, sedation dentistry can help. You know you should not put off a dental visit, especially if you are experiencing pain or irritation because it can only get worse. But it is easy to procrastinate until the problem is too painful to bear. Dr. Leo A. Tokarczyk is a periodontist who understands your fear and offers you a sedation option to help you get through a visit.

Types of Sedation

If you are a white-knuckle patient, holding rigidly to the arms of the dental chair throughout a procedure, you might be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Many dentists and periodontists can offer minor sedation through inhalation (nitrous oxide) or orally (swallowing a pill).

However, IV sedation is a more complex technique and can be administered only by certified practitioners such as Dr. Tokarczyk. He administers medication through an IV; it does not put you to sleep unless you are also under general anesthesia.

Good Candidates

IV sedation works quickly and is suitable for just about any patient. You will be able to respond to questions, but you will not have a sharp awareness. Another plus to IV sedation is that it is adjustable to each patient’s needs.

Who is a good candidate for sedation? Along with those who have fear or anxiety, it may be right for:

  • Those with a low tolerance for pain
  • Fidgeters who have a hard time being still
  • Anyone who has overly sensitive teeth
  • Those with strong gag reflexes
  • Someone undergoing several or long procedures

First Steps

If you are considering sedation, Dr. Tokarczyk will review your medical history and current medications with you to determine whether you are a good candidate. He will also discuss the dosage that is appropriate for your age and health and answer any questions you may have.

Do not put off a visit to the periodontist. Contact our office today to discuss whether sedation dentistry in Springfield, MO is right for you!



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