It is vitally important to us that our patients feel comfortable whether they are visiting us for a long-overdue dental checkup or necessary cosmetic or restorative care. We happily take the stress out of visits with sedation dentistry at our dental offices located in Warrensburg, Oak Grove and Windsor.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is a technique through which patients are able to receive care in a calm state via the use of sedative medication. Sedation has a long history in medicine and dentistry and may involve sedative drugs such as anti-anxiety medication, depressants, or tranquilizers.
A sedative may be administered in a variety of ways, from orally to intravenously to being inhaled. Historically, dental sedation has involved IV administration during surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction. Today, milder forms of sedation are routinely used to assist patients with dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is a method of decreasing the sensation of fear before conducting dental care. It is not a replacement for dental anesthetic. After commencing with sedation, Dr. Young or Dr. Weststeyn will ensure your comfort through the use of a local anesthetic to numb the mouth.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Most people feel somewhat uneasy about seeing the dentist. Dental anxiety goes far beyond temporary jitters before a dental procedure. People with dental anxiety experience varying levels of fear at the very thought of a dental checkup and cleaning, let alone treatment to handle a dental problem. The extent of this fear often leads to neglect related to professional dental care.
Causes of Dental Anxiety
People can experience dental anxiety for any number of reasons. Fear may develop in childhood and continue into adulthood with no identifiable cause. For some, apprehension to see the dentist originated with a bad experience. This can involve poor dental care that resulted in pain or emotional upset related to the professionalism of a dentist or dental staff.
Whatever the cause of dental anxiety, whether known or not, it need not stop you or someone you love from obtaining proper care that can prevent unnecessary discomfort and stress. Our team at Ridgeview Family Dental is here to help you gain a new perspective on dental care, one visit at a time.
What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It is not for everyone and we will take into consideration several factors to see if you are a candidate.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option our dentists may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the Dr. Young or Dr. Weststeyn may have. Our team will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed and you’re are able to drive and start your daily activities as planned.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is ideal for many of our patients. One of the primary reasons why some patients appreciate inhalation sedation is because there are no injections necessary to reach a calm state. Another benefit unique to nitrous oxide sedation vs oral conscious sedation is that the dental staff is able to maintain a consistent level of sedation throughout a dental procedure. While all sedation works on the central nervous system to ease fear and sensations of anxiety, nitrous oxide also performs similarly to a pain-reducer, enhancing the numbing effects of the local anesthetic. Finally, patients may appreciate the ease with which the effects of nitrous oxide sedation lift. Within moments of stopping the administration of this sedative, the fullness of consciousness is restored. This allows patients to safely drive themselves home after their appointment.
Dental Anxiety Patient Testimonial
“Most Amazing Dentist i have ever had! When you enter the dentist office, you feel home. The staff is very affable and helpful. Greets you with big smile and helps you out with getting appointment which fits best for you. Doctor Young and Justin are very talented and will make sure they walk you through your dental problems and suggest the best solution for you. I had a oral surgery with Doctor Justin and everything went smoothly, I was nervous at first but they made sure i am in the most comfortable situation as possible, Even took call after surgery on weekends to check on me. Highly recommended to be your next dentist.”
Nimesh T. – November 2018
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Side Effects of Nitrous Oxide
As beneficial as nitrous oxide is, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Generally, patients who do not have difficulty breathing through their nose can obtain the full effect of this method of dental sedation. Side effects, if they do occur, are typically limited to short-lived: