For some people, just the thought of a dental visit causes fear and anxiety. Whether due to previous trauma, significant needs, or other reasons, some of our patients prefer to utilize care options which allow them to relax and even nap through dental treatment.
Dental anxiety is a common condition that can affect patients of all ages. You may exhibit physical symptoms, such as an elevated heart rate. In some cases of dental anxiety, you may have delayed dental visits for years, increasing your risk for decay and tooth loss. Even if you do not normally feel dental anxiety, you may feel a bit nervous before an extensive procedure. Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients who suffer from fear and anxiety, as well as those needing lengthy treatment.
Dr. Mary and staff understand your concerns. She has completed post-doctoral training with the Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation organization and is Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) certified.
With OCS, a pill is taken by mouth about an hour before treatment, making you feel relaxed, comfortable and somewhat sleepy. Upon arrival at our office, our team takes great care of you and completes an assessment of your response to the medication. If additional medication is needed, we administer it at the practice.
Before treatment begins, our staff makes certain that you are comfortable and ready to move forward with treatment. During treatment, most patients fall into a “dozing” state, but remain responsive enough to answer our questions. Throughout the process, our staff monitors blood pressure, oxygen intake and heart rate. Once treatment is complete, a specially trained staff member stays with you until you are alert and ready to go home with a companion.
If you have put off dental visits because of fear or anxiety, we encourage you to contact our office today. Our gentle approach to care and the options we provide will help you feel better and reduce dental anxiety.
Click below to listen to Dr. Mary discuss the types of Sedation Dentistry.