Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry is committed to providing the necessary dental care to each and every patient. There are various reasons why people avoid the dentist or put off getting the dental care they need. If your oral health is suffering, we may recommend sedation dentistry to help you receive dental treatments. Led by Dr. Ed Lazer and Andrey Doroshenko, our dental practice offers various forms of sedation methods to our patients from Towson, MD.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry has allowed many patients in our practice to receive the dental care they need. The most common reason we use it is for people who suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist. Whether it stems from a traumatic past experience, fear of the perceived pain, or simply due to the condition of ones teeth, a sedation method can be used to help you regain oral health. Even people who fear needles, medical settings, or drills can benefit from being sedated for dental treatments. More benefits include:
- Enhances effectiveness of anesthetic
- Little to no memory of the appointment
- Alleviates anxiety
- Less likely to suffer from joint and muscle soreness
- Decreases gag reflex
- Enables more treatment to be provided in fewer visits
- Dentist will be able to get the treatment done in a timelier manor
Sedation Dentistry Methods
Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, has been used for many years in dentistry. It is completely safe and very effective. It involves using a small cannula to deliver the gas via the nasal passage during the entire appointment. The cannula will sit right beneath your nose. The effects are instant and will stop almost immediately when the gas is turned off. Because of this, patients will be able to drive themselves to and from their appointments.
Oral sedation involves taking a prescription sedative before the appointment. The effects are not immediate however they will impair your ability to drive so you will need to find a ride to your appointment. You will also need a ride home from your appointment since it will also take several hours to fully wear off. The sedative will put you in a total state of relaxation where you will not experience anxiety or fear. However, you will not be completely asleep and will have full control over your body. You will also be able to interact with the dental staff.
IV sedation is slowly growing in popularity because it is extremely effective and puts the patient in a deep state of sedation. While you are not completely unconscious, you are however much less aware of your surroundings. Dr. Doroshenko is certified to use this type of sedation method. It will be administered directly into your veins via an IV. Because of this, the effects are immediate and the medication levels can be accurately controlled.
Call Today to Learn About Sedation Dentistry
Contact Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry to learn more about our sedation dentistry options. You can reach our Towson, MD dentist office at (410) 697-6290 or you can schedule an appointment online.