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Dental anxiety is a common condition that can prevent people from receiving the oral care they need. In extreme cases, patients may even try to endure tooth pain or other oral health concerns due to fear of the dentist. Fortunately, Elgin cosmetic dentist Dean Lodding, DDS and our team offer a number of sedation techniques that can put you in a relaxed and comfortable state during your visit, effectively diminishing—or even alleviating—any concerns or dental phobias you might have. With the aid of sedation dentistry, you can receive the treatment you need and/or desire while helping to prevent the development of more complicated and costly oral health issues later down the road.
Sedation dentistry works by calming patients and allowing them to enter a deeply relaxed state. Whether administered via nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, you will typically be able to communicate with your dentist during the procedure. These sedation techniques can make you completely comfortable during treatment, often allowing your dentist to perform procedures, such as root canals, with more efficiency and shortening the duration of the appointment. In some cases, sedation dentistry may enable your dentist to perform multiple procedures simultaneously, reducing the overall number of office visits needed to complete all necessary dental work.
While sedation dentistry is often associated with more general or restorative procedures, it can also be included as a part of your cosmetic dentistry treatment plan. Fear of the dentist doesn’t have to hold you back from obtaining the beautiful smile you desire. Contact us today to learn more about combining sedation techniques with cosmetic procedures, including porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns!
If you are reluctant to visit the dentist due to anxiety, sedation dentistry from our dental team may be right for you. Sedation dentistry candidates often exhibit similar qualities, including:
To make sure you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, one of our dentists will review your medical history—including all current medications—to make sure there are no apparent health risks. Your dentist will then recommend the type of sedation that best suits your needs.
Sedation dentistry is generally considered very safe, and there are very few side effects associated with either of the sedation methods offered at Smile For Life Dental. Any potential post-sedation symptoms typically depend on the type of sedation utilized. Patients who receive nitrous oxide may experience some mild nausea or dizziness, but these symptoms are usually quite temporary and the effects of the gas should wear off quickly after treatment. Most people are able to drive themselves home after nitrous oxide treatment with no difficulty.
Patients who undergo oral conscious sedation may experience more intense drowsiness following their procedure, which is why it is recommended that they arrange for someone else to drive them home after their appointment. They may also experience dry mouth or develop a headache. These symptoms typically resolve within a few hours after treatment.
All of the sedation dentistry techniques offered at Smile For Life Dental are considered very safe when administered by a properly trained and certified dentist. As an additional measure, prior to undergoing any kind of sedation, our team will carefully go over your medical history and take note of any medications you are currently taking. This can help prevent any potential drug interactions and allergy responses. Ultimately, the goal of sedation dentistry is to help patients who may otherwise avoid dental care get the treatment that they need. Your health and safety are of maximum importance to us, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly and safely as possible.
The precise cost of sedation dentistry differs based on the type of sedation utilized and other factors relating to the dental treatment involved. After you meet with one of our dentists to go over your care needs, a more precise treatment plan can be developed. From there, a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to go over the costs associated with your procedure(s), including any sedation techniques employed.
Dr. Lodding and his team firmly believe that high-quality dental care in a stress-free environment should be available to everyone, regardless of budget. That is why we offer a variety of dental financing and insurance options, including third-party financing through trusted healthcare lenders such as CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® CREDIT.
For more information about sedation dentistry techniques, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact our office today.