August 11, 2017
What keeps you from visiting the dentist? Genuine fear of the “scary” dentist? Claustrophobia that won’t allow you to sit still in a dental chair for extended periods of time? There are a million reasons why patients may feel like they need to avoid the dentist, but that only damages your smile. Your sedation dentist in Olmos Park understands that it’s important to have dental cleanings and checkups completed no matter what. Let’s explore sedation options to help you overcome dental fear—or whatever reason you may have for not making your appointments! It’s time to get your dental health back on track with sedation dentistry.
Situations That Are Perfect for Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients that are scared to go to the dentist. Just because you have a fear of visiting a dental practice doesn’t mean that your smile will stay strong over the years without a professional’s help.
Whether younger or older patients are afraid to sit in the dental chair or simply don’t have the attention span to do so, we can provide the appropriate sedative to help any patient relax. Sedation is also great for patients with disabilities or special needs that may interfere during the appointment. You may be a great patient for sedation if:
- You have a low pain threshold and extensive dental work.
- You can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair.
- You have very sensitive teeth and gums.
- You have a bad gag reflex.
- You need multiple dental treatments to be completed.
- You experience difficulty feeling numb while using local anesthesia.
- You suffer from health issues like neck or back pain that may be uncomfortable during your visit.
Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer
We wouldn’t compare the strength of this sedative to general anesthesia, but oral conscious sedation is a heavier than the most common form of sedation (nitrous oxide). Our dental experts will administer a personalized, measured amount of medication that you drink before your dental treatment to help you feel a little drowsy. In some cases, patients can even fall asleep for the whole dental visit. After the sedative has worn off when their dental appointment is complete, the patient typically will have a numb mouth but still be alert and responsive as normal.
You may know intravenous sedation as IV sedation. As the name suggests, the sedative is administered through an IV. This allows the medication to be effective almost immediately. We can perform multiple dental procedures in one visit while you drift off into a relaxed, deep sleep. Most patients tend to hardly have any memory of their dental appointment and can leave our office with a healthier smile, worry free.
Is your dental health declining because you still haven’t made that very necessary office visit? Fear no more! Any dentist you plan on visiting should offer a form of sedation to allow patients the upmost comfort and convenience.
Meet Your Dental Team
There are just too many patients that fear the dentist for Dr. Holland and his team of professionals to ignore. Everyone deserves excellent oral health care—even if they’re afraid to receive it. That’s why Dr. Holland puts his extensive dental experience to use by providing sedation services for patients that desperately need dental work, but are simply scared. Has it been a while since your last appointment? Contact us by calling (210) 880-6852!