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Dental Anxiety Remedies: Learn About Our Sedation Options

You’re not alone if you have a fear of going to the dentist. There are many people just like you who would rather avoid a visit to the dentist’s office than to go for a simple teeth cleaning. Dr. Benjamin Crowley understands how anxiety can prevent you from receiving proper dental care. He’s highly trained in sedation dentistry to provide the opportunity to reduce your stress during a dental procedure. His care and expertise ensure that when you go to Brightwork Family Dentistry for a visit, you’re in good hands.  

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to comfort and relax you during a dental procedure. There are four types of sedation, and the level recommended depends on the extent of your anxiety, your procedure, as well as your tolerance to the medication. 

Minimal sedation 

Under minimal sedation, you’re fully conscious, but your body is completely relaxed. 

Moderate sedation

Under moderate sedation, you’re still conscious, but you may not remember the procedure and you may experience slurred speech. 

Deep sedation 

At this stage, you’re in and out of consciousness, but you can still be awakened whenever needed. 

General anesthesia 

With this type of sedation, you’re entirely unconscious. 

Types of sedation

Dr. Crowley uses two types of sedation. The kind you receive depends on his assessment during your consultation. It’s important you receive the care that works best for your anxiety and your body’s response to medication. 

Oral sedation is the use of a sedative in the form of a pill. Dr. Crowley gives you the pill to take an hour before your procedure. By the time the procedure begins you should feel drowsy. Dr. Crowley may give you another dose if you need it for moderate sedation. 

The other type available at Brightwork Family Dentistry is inhaled minimal sedation. Dr. Crowley places a mask over your mouth and instructs you to breathe a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen. He monitors your level of relaxation and tolerance to the gas until you’re ready for your procedure. 

Preparing for the procedure

Regardless of the kind of sedation you receive, you must take some steps to prepare. 

Don’t drink unclear liquids within six hours before the procedure, and don’t drink clear liquids within two hours of the procedure. This helps you avoid nausea following the procedure. Don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure. Keep in mind that you can’t eat solid foods within four hours prior to the procedure. 

Make sure you bring a friend or relative to assist you. You may experience drowsiness following the procedure, especially if you receive moderate sedation. In the case of moderate sedation and higher, your companion must also drive you home. 

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Don’t wear anything that can restrict your breathing or movement. 

Continue to take prescription medication that day unless Dr. Crowley instructs you otherwise. 

After the procedure

Following the procedure simply:

Don’t let anxiety affect your dental health. To request an appointment with Brightwork Family Dentistry call our office or book online.

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