Anxieties and fears about visiting the dentist are very common – in fact, some studies indicate that a large number of Americans do not undergo necessary treatment for their teeth and gums because of dental anxiety. The good news is, sedation (sleep) dentistry techniques here at the practice of Daniel Lauer, DMD can help you relax during your treatment and feel more comfortable than ever in the dentist’s chair. Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry offers a number of options, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, to reduce your fears of dental treatment and have a much more pleasant experience. Please contact us today for more information on our sedation dentistry techniques.
“Dr. Lauer Made Me Feel Comfortable”
Janice describes her apprehension with going to the dental office and shares how her experience with our periodontist, Dr. Lauer, was comfortable and essentially anxiety-free.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation can be a very effective way for you to ignore the sights, sounds, and scents associated with dental treatment and feel completely comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. This technique allows you to experience virtually painless treatment without being totally asleep. About one hour before your procedure, you will be given a small pill. The pill will put you in a state of deep relaxation – almost to the point of sleeping; however, you will not lose consciousness and you will be able to communicate with Dr. Lauer and his team at all times. In fact, one of our experienced staff members will be monitoring your progress throughout the entire procedure to make sure that everything is okay. You should not feel anything during your dental treatment, and you may not even remember the procedure taking place once it is complete.
Please note that it can take several hours for the effects of oral conscious sedation to wear off, so arrangements should be made for someone to take you home.
Nitrous oxide has been successfully used in dental procedures for decades. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this technique allows you to feel very relaxed during your treatment. Although nitrous oxide does not put you into a deep sleep, it’s not unheard of for patients to drift off into a light sleep after the gas has been administered. Nitrous oxide usually takes effect after about 20 seconds of breathing the gas through a nasal apparatus. There are typically no after-effects from this sedation dentistry technique, and it should not add to your recovery time. Patients with certain medical conditions may not be able to have nitrous oxide during treatment; Dr. Lauer will talk with you about your options at your initial appointment.
Contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
If you would like more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. We will be happy to answer your questions.