Your comfort matters at Kaufman Family Dentistry. Our practice offers sedation dentistry to ensure that you are relaxed and content during treatment. In addition to improving comfort during more invasive procedures, sedation dentistry is beneficial to those who suffer from dental anxiety. If you have questions about treatment and your comfort, feel free to call us during normal business hours to speak with a member of our team.
Local anesthetic comes in topical and injectable forms. Topical anesthetics relieve sensitivity temporarily on a superficial level. An injectable anesthetic reaches nerve endings deeper inside tissue so that patients enjoy increased comfort during treatments.
Dentists and physicians have used nitrous oxide for over a century. This gas compound produces fast-acting analgesic and sedating effects. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is inhaled through a soft nasal mask. As it is inhaled, its effects begin to become noticeable. This gas produces mild euphoric feelings and a relaxed state of mind. Those receiving this form of sedation can drive home after their appointments because nitrous oxide wears off soon after it is no longer being inhaled.
Conscious Oral Sedation
When it comes to more invasive procedures or treating patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, conscious oral sedation is very beneficial. This form of sedation involves taking prescription tablets just before one’s dental appointment. The medications prescribed are mild sedatives that inhibit the chemical reactions that produce feelings of panic, intense fear, and worry. Since these medications’ effects can last for hours after one’s treatment, all patients receiving this form of sedation must arrange for transport to and from our practice.
Dental Anxiety and Phobia
Dental anxiety and phobia can keep people from receiving the oral healthcare they need. The intense fear and panic associated with dental anxiety and especially dental phobia can make patients do almost anything to avoid a checkup or dental treatment. Our team at Kaufman Family Dentistry is sensitive to the fact that some patients have a much harder time in the dental chair than others. We treat those with anxiety and phobia with the compassion and dignity they deserve. With sedation dentistry and relaxation techniques, visiting the dentist can be much easier.
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