Dread the Dentist? Imagine Being Able to Sit Calmly in a Dental Chair with NO Anxiety. Read more about our sedation options!
Sound Impossible? Our sedation options help hundreds of our patients experience the dentist with a peaceful calm instead of anxious fear.
Dental anxiety and fear are powerful emotions that can keep people from going to the dentist for years. Sadly, teeth don’t handle neglect well. Over time, dental problems get more complicated and more costly. With modern sedation options for dental phobia, you can care for your teeth without experiencing paralyzing fear. Care today means more savings and more smiles tomorrow!
Our office offers several types of sedation so that you have options to choose from and can relax during dental treatment in a way you never thought possible. Are you hoping for something to just take the edge off of your anxiety or would you prefer to forget that you’re at the dentist? Our office offers Laughing Gas, Oral Conscious Sedation and IV Sedation.
Laughing Gas: Ok, so you may not actually laugh, but you’ll definitely feel relaxed
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide in professional terms) makes people feel good – unrealistically good actually. You may be in the dental chair, but it’s feeling as cheerful as a pool chair.
Laughing gas doesn’t necessarily make people laugh, but it got its name because of the pleasant, happy feeling it gives people. It’s an odorless gas that is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a nose mask during dental work.
Besides the cheerful feeling and minimal sedation that it creates, patients and dentists alike appreciate that its sedative effects don’t last beyond the dental treatment time. No sitting around in a recovery room waiting to wake up. It isn’t deep sedation, which means that a patient having laughing gas is still completely awake and aware, but feeling relaxed.
Oral Conscious Sedation Option: When you don’t want to remember being in the dental chair
If you struggle to walk from the reception area to the dental chair, oral conscious sedation can help. It creates a much deeper sense of relaxation. So much relaxation that our patients with oral sedation often actually fall asleep during treatment. When you’re afraid of the dentist, we know that it doesn’t seem possible that you could feel that relaxed. Our fearful patients who try oral conscious sedation say that they never would have believed it until they felt it for themselves.
Oral conscious sedation is as simple as taking a pill when you arrive for your appointment. There are several medications that can be used and which one is chosen depends on your medical history and sedation preferences. Because oral conscious sedation is a deeper sedation than nitrous, its effects also last longer requiring extra recovery time after your appointment. Our patients typically rest in the recovery room until the medication wears off and then go home to eat something and take a nap. The biggest benefit to people who are terrified of the dentist is that they remember very little of their dental treatment. We realize that for some people, not remembering can also seem uncomfortably vulnerable, which is why we recommend that a friend or family member driving you home from your appointment stay with you for the rest of the day.
IV Sedation Option: When you don’t want to be aware of anything
This Sedation Option is a method by which mild, moderate or deep levels of sedation can be achieved. Although it is not technically “putting people to sleep,” IV Sedation is a great balance because, for the patient, it feels like being asleep; however, it is safer and more predictable than general anesthesia is in an outpatient office setting. With IV Sedation, you don’t need to worry about being aware of the dentist working or of feeling stress or anxiety.
Like Oral Conscious Sedation, IV Sedation is a deeper sedation that lasts longer and requires extra recovery time after your appointment. Our patients typically rest in the recovery room until the medication wears off and then go home to eat something, take a nap, and wake up feeling refreshed and happy like they never saw the dentist at all.
Need dental work, but can’t move forward because dental phobia
Hate even seeing a dental chair? Tell us. We’ll keep chair time minimal and chat with you over coffee instead. Coming to the dentist when you’re scared, even if it’s just for a consultation, can be very intimidating. That’s why we make sure our consultations have a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet us in a no pressure, no treatment environment.
Just Getting to One Dentist is Bad Enough!
What’s inconvenient for average patients can be torture for anxious patients. Running to multiple doctors in order to fix your teeth can be an overwhelming obstacle if you’re already anxious. Too many unknowns, too many visits… We offer multiple areas of dental expertise under one roof to help you minimize your stress!
Why Do I Care about Sedation Options?
My passion for sedation dentistry began with my parents. Growing up overseas, they lived most of their lives without good dental care. For as long as I remember, my mom has dreaded going to the dentist. She shares the anxiety of so many other patients who have experienced traumatic dental visits at some point in their life. However, with the help of sedation, patients like my mom with dental fear, uneasiness, anxiety, and dental phobia can experience life-changing dental treatment feeling relaxed, calm and comfortable! I invite you to experience dentistry in a whole new way! You’ll never go back, I promise!
Does the idea of a Consultation Stress You Out? Here’s what to expect:
- Coffee or Tea? Meet Dr. Bec and our fun team over coffee first.
- New Smile Preview: Imagine being able to see your FUTURE healthy smile BEFORE treatment! With our Digital Smile Preview technology, now you can. This technology allows us to take a picture of you today and show you how you could look tomorrow.
- No Surprises! Coming to the dentist is enough stress. We guarantee no pressure and no extra stress. No surprise fees & no surprise treatments at your consultation.
- Let’s Chat! You’ll have time to discuss your concerns, dental history and sedation options.
- Easy & Efficient Exam: Dr. Bec’s experience and training help him help you with as little fuss as possible.
- Extra-Fast Digital X-Rays: Our hand-held, low exposure x-ray technology allows us to take x-rays as quickly as possible with minimal x-ray exposure. It’s a win-win!
- Tour Our Office: Research shows that people experience lower anxiety when they feel in control of their environments. To help you feel more comfortable, we make sure you are familiar with our office and our friendly team.
- Sedation Options: The unique part of our sedation consultations is that you have the chance to choose. You tell us what is important to you and we’ll help you find the option that best fits your needs.
Not Sure If You actually NEED an Dental Extraction?
Hearing you need an dental extraction when you’re not sure why it’s necessary. How can you know if the tooth truly needs to come out or if it could actually be restored? Isn’t it best to keep your own teeth as long as possible?
We meet new patients all the time coming in for a second opinion and feeling frustrated that another dentist wanted to take a tooth out that the patient is pretty sure could be saved. What we’ve discovered is that about 5% of the time, there was a restorative option available that was overlooked. However, about 95% of the time, the tooth needs to be extracted and the diagnosing dentist simply didn’t take the time to adequately explain why.
It’s easy as a dentist who “does teeth” all day long every day, to forget that patients don’t “do teeth” all day long and that they need extra information in order to feel comfortable making decisions, especially about losing teeth. Dentists also have different personal guidelines about what “saving a tooth” means.
Here are my personal guidelines for when teeth should be extracted:
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection inside the tooth
- If the tooth has an untreatable level of infection in the surrounding gums
- If the bone around the tooth has dissolved and can’t support the tooth
- If the tooth has broken or decayed to the point that it can’t support a crown
- If the tooth has already been root canaled twice
Why these guidelines? Because I don’t believe that fixing a tooth just to have it break again in a month counts as “saving a tooth.” Every one of these scenarios could be patched, but would explode as a toothache, dangerous infection or deeper trauma within days or weeks, further risking your health. I’m not willing to put my patients’ health at risk for convenience.
If you’re not sure why your tooth “needs an dental extraction” come see me for a second opinion. We’ll take a look and a 3D-CT radiograph give you a clear explanation of what is going on either with that one tooth or in your whole mouth depending on how much you’d like to know.