A healthy smile is important, not only for your teeth and gums but for your overall health as well. But as important as visiting the dentist is, strong feelings of anxiety can be enough to keep some from even just a routine exam and cleaning.
Where does this anxiety come from?
It may be linked to a past visit, or it may be related to something else entirely, like a sensitive gag reflex or a neuromuscular condition that makes sitting for long periods unbearable.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses safe and effective means to create a relaxed sense of calm in patients who struggle with anxiety.
There are three common types—nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Each one works great, but not every type is right for every patient. For patients who would describe their anxiety level as mild or moderate, nitrous oxide and oral sedation may work the best. But for patients who would describe their anxiety as moderate to severe, IV sedation may be what you need. To help our OKC-area patients achieve a deep sense of calm with IV sedation, we work with trained anesthesiologists to ensure your safety as you receive care. Each anesthesiologist we work with is certified and will stay with you during your entire procedure to monitor your vital signs and ensure you remain absolutely safe from start to finish.
Want To Learn More?
If you’ve put off essential care for too long and want to learn more, call our Nichols Hills office today to schedule a consultation appointment. During your appointment we can explain your options and help you decide on a sedation dentistry option that will work best for you. We serve patients from all across the greater OKC area.