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Are you afraid of the dentist? You’re not alone. Up to 40 million Americans put off needed dental care because of anxiety and fear, according to a survey.
Fortunately, our team at Dental Arts of South Jersey have several ways to put you at ease during your visit. We can provide sedation dentistry for any dental service. Sedation dentistry provides a safe, anxiety-free dental experience to people who are afraid of the dentist.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
We offer several types of sedation dentistry in Voorhees. Most types of dental sedation simply help people to feel relaxed and comfortable during their visit. Our team also offers sleep dentistry for people who want to fall asleep and wake up when the visit is complete.
Here is a look at some of the different types of sedation dentistry we offer at Dental Arts of South Jersey:
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the most common type of dental sedative. You simply breathe in through a mask over your nose, and quickly feel a sense of well-being and relaxation. It reduces anxiety, and there are almost no side effects. It’s frequently used by children undergoing dental procedures as well as adults. Best of all, it wears off within minutes of the mask being removed and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation typically refers to a prescription pill designed to alleviate anxiety, such as Valium. It’s an excellent choice for people who fear needles. The medication dulls the senses so most people do not remember any discomfort, smells, or noises associated with the dental procedure or dental office. Usually, the patient will take a dose prior to the appointment; our dentists will provide specific instructions for your particular case.
Our oral surgeon at Dental Arts of South Jersey is highly-trained in providing intravenous sedation. In this case, the sedative is delivered through an IV and the effects are immediate. Depending on the dose, the patient may remain awake (twilight sedation) or may fall asleep (sleep dentistry).
Many people with dental anxiety request IV sedation because they will have no memory of the procedures whatsoever and simply awake when their dental work is complete. It is commonly used in oral surgery procedures, such as dental implants or wisdom teeth removal. We also have had some patients with severe dental phobias who request IV sedation or sleep dentistry for routine procedures. One of the benefits of IV sedation is that more dental procedures can be completed in one sitting, which can be very appealing to people who need multiple crowns, extractions, root canals, or other procedures.
Sometimes patients feel groggy after receiving IV sedation. For that reason, it’s important to have a designated driver who can take you home after your dental visit.
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Our team at Dental Arts of South Jersey is highly-trained and very compassionate. We’re here to provide the dental care you need in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Please call us at Dental Arts of South Jersey to see how we can help you.