November 30, 2015

Having a fear of dental work or being pressed for time does not give anyone an automatic pass when it comes to seeing their dentist. All too often patients say that they are not experiencing pain or discomfort when they really are, because they are not entirely comfortable with the idea of being in the chair having some work done on their teeth and gums. Fortunately, there are dental sedation options that can make your dental experiences much more relaxing and enjoyable.

A Safe and Effective Solution

Prolonging visits to your general dentist in Auburndale, FL because you are anxious about what is to come is the wrong thing to do. Taking the wait and see approach can only lead to more pain and discomfort. It can also lead to missing teeth. Sedation makes it possible for you to relax and in some cases sleep through your dental procedures.

Sedation methods:

  • Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask and is inhaled through the nose. It causes the patient to feel calm and relaxed. The gas can also lessen the sensation of anesthetic injections. You will remain fully awake and alert throughout the whole procedure.
  • Another option is administered orally. The medication is a pill that is taken at least an hour before the procedure. The pill causes the patient to remain calm for their procedure. Depending on the dosage, some patients feel a little sleepy or actually fall asleep during their treatment.
  • General anesthesia is often used for longer procedures and for patients that suffer from extreme anxiety. The sedation is administered through an IV and renders the patient unconscious. Most patients are unable to recall their procedures.

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option for anyone who is anxious about going to the dentist.

We are more than happy to offer you a consultation so you can become more familiar with your choices, so you can get the dental care you need. Contact our dental office at (863) 852-1227 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Thurston.



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