Sedation dentistry is a popular dental treatment for patients who are afraid of the dentist or have struggled with anxiety in the past. While some people worry that sedation dentistry is dangerous, many different options are available to help you stay comfortable while experiencing your dental care. Whatever option you choose, your Indianapolis dentist will work with you to ensure you’re as comfortable and relaxed as possible throughout the entire process.
Do you feel anxious when visiting the dentist? Have you been avoiding the dentist for some time due to fear and anxiety?
Without routine visits to the dentist office, patients can face gum disease, oral cancers, and missing teeth. Dental anxiety is one of the leading factors in poor oral health among adults today.
Many patients suffer from complex dental problems that can affect their daily quality of life due to a fear of visiting the dentist. Avoiding the dentist can cause many costly issues down the road.
Beautiful Smiles, a dentist office in the Indianapolis, IN and is run by Dr. Benjamin Stevens, offers a safe, judgment-free office. He will first want to meet with you to get to know you and learn more about your fears.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help patients receive dental care. Patients can receive the dental care they need without fear or anxiety. We can perform more procedures in a single visit, saving the patient time and money.
More benefits include:
Enhances the effectiveness of anesthetic
Decreases gag reflex
Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
Enables more treatment to be provided in fewer visits
The dentist finishes the treatment in a timelier manner
You won’t suffer from painful memories
" I always have excellent care from Dr. Stevens and his staff. I am a very anxious dental patient. Every single person I have encounter at Beautiful Smiles treats me with kindness and dignity. The office is conveniently located for…Janis
" Very compassionate, caring, crazy, family-like atmosphere. Why would I ever want to go anywhere else?"Sheila
"Always impressed by quality of care and the friendliness of the staff. Always a pleasure to go to Beautiful Smiles!"Phil
"I've have been driving from Columbus to Greenwood for years, to come see Dr. Stevens. I find everybody professional and very friendly."Karen
"I just had the best dental appointment of my life! Due to some bad experiences when I was a kid, I am very nervous about coming to the dentist. Dr. Stevens prescribed some medication to calm me for my appointment…Ricky C.
"I have always had positive experiences with Dr. Stevens and his staff. The quality of the care, attention to details, and professionalism far exceed my expectations. While I once was self-conscious about my teeth, he has helped transform it to…Michael K.
Sedation Dentistry What to Expect
Dental Sedation Options
Dental patients who experience anxiety about a dental procedure usually request sedation so they can relax and focus on their recovery. Among the many options available to patients, two of the most common are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. If you are suffering from dental phobia, seeking treatment is of utmost importance.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O), also called laughing gas or sweet air, is an inhaled anesthetic that relieves pain while enhancing the sense of well-being. Nitrous oxide has been used as an inhaled analgesic in the dental setting for many years.
It is one of the most popular sedative agents and represents a first-line option for various procedures, including diagnostic and surgical visits. Specifically, it manages moderate to severe anxiety, facilitates painful procedures, and minimizes physiologic stress. We administer N2O in concentrations ranging from 50 to 70% in a portable inhalation device.
Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is a type of sedation for dental procedures. It has been proven to be safe and effective and results in much less anxiety than other types of sedation. You might experience a new world of comfort, relaxation, and confidence at the dentist office with oral conscious sedation.
The dentist administers the sedative in pill form to the patient and then monitors their condition throughout the procedure. The patient will be awake and aware but will not feel any pain from the procedure. They will also be able to communicate with their dentist throughout the process.
If you believe you can benefit from sedation dentistry, give us a call at (317) 886-4512 for a sedation consultation.