Dental anxiety can negatively affect your oral health by preventing you from receiving dental care. In many cases, dental fear stems from a traumatizing childhood experience at the dentist, but it can also occur due to general anxiety disorder. Drs. Bradley and Scott Ross understand how difficult it can be to maintain good oral health when you’re dealing with persistent fears of going to the dentist, which is why they offer calming sedation dentistry services.
When you visit South Florida Periodontics & Dental Implants, you have several sedation options from which to choose. Our compassionate periodontist in Miami, FL, will help you select the right type of sedation for your specific case from the following options:
Local anesthetic is the type you are probably most familiar with. It’s injected near the treatment site and numbs a localized area so you don’t feel pain while receiving dental care. While local anesthetic is sufficient for some people, those with anxiety may prefer to receive this type of sedation in conjunction with other types.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that’s breathed in through a mask and promotes feelings of relaxation. Some patients even describe the feeling as “euphoria.” The effects of nitrous oxide can be felt almost immediately after inhaling the odorless, colorless gas. They wear off quickly as well, so you can drive yourself home from your appointment.
Oral sedatives are taken in pill form prior to your appointment. They can help you feel drowsy and calm before, during and after your appointment. You’ll need to arrange transportation home, since the effects don’t immediately wear off after treatment is complete.
Intravenous sedation is typically only used during complicated dental procedures or for patients who have high levels of anxiety. With this type of sedation, drugs are administered intravenously and you may not remember your procedure after it’s finished.
Schedule Your Sedation Appointment
Sedation dentistry can transform your dental appointment and help you feel safe and calm. To schedule your appointment with Drs. Ross, call South Florida Periodontics & Dental Implants today.