At Nevada Dentistry & Braces in Las Vegas, we know that dental visits can be stressful. If you experience dental phobias, you are not alone. Many people put off tooth appointments because they have intensely anxious feelings about visiting the dentist. These patients may have:
- A Traumatic Dental Experience In Their Past
- Neurological Disorders That Make Them Unable To Sit Still
- A Need For Extensive Dental Work Done In A Short Time
- Extremely Sensitive Teeth
- Difficulty With Gagging
- Little Response To Traditional Numbing Methods
Peaceful Dental Visits With Sedation Dentistry
Thirty percent of Americans put off appointments or avoid dental care because of their phobias, according to the Dental Organization For Conscious Sedation. If you are one of these people, sedation dentistry is your ticket to calmness. Dentists use several methods:
- Laughing Gas
- Enteral Sedation
- IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can ease your pain without putting you to sleep. We can administer the gas through an injection or with a machine that delivers the gas through a facial mask.
This approach to pain relief involves oral medications that will make you extremely drowsy. Sometimes we combine this method with laughing gas to give you an even more peaceful experience. Although you will be relaxed and feel no pain, you will still be able to hear and respond if the dentist asks you to move your head.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
This procedure begins with our qualified technician starting an IV in a vein in your arm. Through this IV, you will receive a constant flow of sedative medicine, keeping you sedated while the dentist works on your teeth.
This method combines intravenous medicine with inhaled gas. You will be in a sleep-like condition to keep you from feeling any pain. A trained anesthesiologist will perform the injection and monitor your vitals throughout the appointment.
Before & After
You may need to fast before your dental procedure. With the exception of the laughing gas method, you will need someone to drive you home afterward. You may also need someone to keep an eye on you for a few hours while you are beginning to wake up. We will give you all the details of before and aftercare.
Whichever method we use, sedation dentistry will allow you to relax during your appointment. You will feel that the time flew by with no pain. This makes sedation a good option for more prolonged procedures such as:
No Worries About The Future
Knowing that sedation dentistry is an option can make a big difference as you plan regular dental visits. You may find that you are more likely to make routine appointments if you are not dreading the possibility of a long and painful procedure in the future.
Make An Appointment Today
Is it time to make an appointment with us? Call Nevada Dentistry & Braces today. Let us help you find the peaceful dental experience you need.