Too many people avoid the dentist due to fear of pain. This fear can be derived from past experiences, or are influenced by stereotypes that are projected via TV and movies.  The sad thing is that even if a patient is experiencing pain in the mouth, they often avoid seeking the treatment that Dr. Toms can provide for fear that the experience may be a bad one.  Here at our office, Dr. Toms understands these fears and is here to help you receive the dental care that you need in the most comfortable way possible. Regardless if you just need a cleaning or a whole new smile, we offer several sedation dentistry options to help make your experience a good one.

Conquering Fear Through Sedation Dentistry

In order to help calm the fears of patients, and to help them relax, sedation dentistry has become extremely popular. Some of the most common ways that dental sedation is administered is through intravenous (IV), orally, or by the means of nitrous oxide gas. These different methods provide patients with choices in order to give them flexibility.  The different administration options allow patients to essentially choose three different levels of sedation: minimal, moderate, and deep.

Minimal Sedation

For patients who are generally relaxed and not nervous of dental procedures, this type of sedation helps to relieve the anxiety that may be felt prior to a procedure.  This type of sedation allows the patient to to respond verbally or physically during a dental procedure. Patients who undergo this type of sedation are awake and calm during the procedure, and will be able to remember parts of the experience once the procedure is finished.

Moderate Sedation

This dental sedation option helps to deepen the relaxation experience for the patient. Patients who are moderately sedated will only be able to respond to environmental stimulus.  This option causes patients to slur speech, and most patients don't remember the dental experience afterwards.

Deep Sedation

This option is best served for those that have an intense fear of dental procedures.  This sedation option puts patients on the edge of consciousness, but allows the patient to be awakened.  Patients who undergo this option won't remember anything from the dental experience afterwards.

Methods Of Administration

Here at our office, we administer dental sedation through Oral, Intravenous and Local anesthesia.   In order to learn more about these different methods, our office would be more than happy to discuss these options in more detail as their administration varies depending on each individual case.  Dr. Toms will be able to clearly explain which options would be recommended for your particular needs, as well as go over the particulars of how each one works for the procedures needed.

Are You A Candidate?

You may be a candidate for dental sedation if you have:
  • A high level of fear
  • Had past experiences that were less than desired
  • A hard time getting numb
  • An extremely sensitive gag reflex
  • Teeth that are very sensitive
  • Fear of embarrassment, needles, and shots

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