Relaxing Sedation Dentistry Services
More than 40 million US adults report experiencing some level of dental phobia or anxiety, and that doesn’t include kids who are much more likely to be fearful of dental care. Unfortunately, dentists get a bad reputation. At Creative Smiles in Columbus, our dentists and team members are friendly, gentle, and caring. However, we know from experience that some patients’ phobias need more help than just gentle care to be overcome. We offer sedation dentistry services for these very nervous and fearful patients. Our goal is to build a trusting rapport, so that maybe one day you won’t need to use sedation. We understand fearing the dentist and dental appointments is not something patients can just get rid, and we would love the opportunity to create a pain and stress free dental experience that will help you start to change your mind. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry services from the caring dentist and team at Creative Smiles, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our dentists or knowledgeable team members would be happy to talk to you about your options over the phone, or schedule a consultation appointment to discuss possible solutions.
Who Should Consider Sedation?
Many patients associate sedation with fear, but actually, we may recommend dental sedation for patients in a variety of other situations as well, including:
- Kids who may not understand the situation, leading to unnecessary fear or anxiety
- Patients with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes
- Patients who need multiple or complex dental treatments
- Patients who have difficulty staying still for long periods of time
- Patients who have cognitive or physical impairments that make dental treatment without sedation uncomfortable or unsafe
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This mild sedative has been used for more than 100 years to provide gentle, effective sedation. Inhaled through a nasal mask throughout treatment, nitrous oxide creates a feeling of complete relaxation, and because we can adjust the dosage during your procedure, we can ensure you maintain complete comfort. Best of all, the effects of nitrous wear away as quickly as they set in, so you can go right back to your daily routine immediately following treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is an option that allows patients to achieve a deeper level of sedation than is possible with nitrous oxide. Best of all for patients with severe anxiety, you’ll be relaxed before you ever leave home. We prescribe a sedative medication that you will take in pill form about an hour before your appointment. Throughout treatment, you’ll be fully relaxed, but as implied by the name, you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to questions. Because patients achieve a deeper, longer lasting level of sedation, they will need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our Columbus dentistry practice. Most patients are completely free from sedative effects 12 hours after their last dose, but sedation affects everyone differently.
What Happens if I Have a Bad Reaction?
The majority of patients who have adverse responses to sedatives will experience these reactions during their time in our office. For these patients, our dentists and team are highly trained in first aid, and we will make sure you are okay before you leave our office. A rare few patients experience minor allergic responses or other adverse effects after they leave our office, but you should contact us if you notice any changes or health concerns. We will help you receive any care you may need to ensure your safety.