Fewer things make you more nervous than going to the dentist. Public speaking is the most common fear in the world, but you’d do it all day rather than visit your dentist. You’d even be willing to try something like sky-diving; anything to keep you out of the dentist’s chair. Dr. J. Robert Donnelly, a sedation dentist in San Marcos, feels for you. He knows just how to treat patients like you so you can get the dental care you need without anxiety.
Reasons for Sedation Dentistry
Millions of people avoid going to the dentist every year because of dental anxiety. This can come from either real experience or the perceived idea that it will cause them a lot of pain. Sedation dentistry can help patients in this situation. It can’t completely take away anxious thoughts, but it can make them much more manageable. Sedation dentistry allows your dentist to perform a variety of procedures without causing you discomfort. This all serves to help more people get the care they need. Dr. Donnelly has a variety of ways to accomplish this.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is the ideal form of sedation for patients with moderate anxiety, or those undergoing routine check-ups and cleanings. A mask is placed over the nose of the patient and they just need to breathe normally. The effects of the gas can be felt in less than a minute, and usually brings on a warm, comforting sensation. Once the procedure is over, the mask is removed and the patient should feel normal within in a minute, able to go on with their day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients who have a higher level of anxiety or are coming in for more invasive procedures, oral conscious sedation may be the best solution for them. Dr. Donnelly will prescribe medication and instruct the patient when to take a pill on the day of the procedure. By the time the procedure has begun, the medication should have taken effect. They will still be conscious while they are heavily sedated. The medication helps numb the sensations caused by the procedure and calms the mind. Due to the strength of oral sedation, it is advised that a trusted person or family member drive you to and from the office, as well as keep an eye on you for the rest of the day. The effects of the pill should wear off by the next morning.
Want to Know More?
If you still have questions about sedation dentistry and what it could do for you, please call us today at San Marcos Gentle Dental. We will always listen to your concerns and do everything we can to make sure your visit with us is a pleasant one.