WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
A frequent question among those who first learn about sedation dentists is “What is sedation dentistry?” Sedation dentistry is the term applied to the efforts made by sedation dentists to make a dental visit as comfortable as possible for the patient. Sedation dentists’ focus on comfort has earned sedation dentistry the descriptive nickname “pain free dentistry“.
PAIN FREE DENTISTRY CANDIDATES IN BOISE
Though nearly all of our patients at our office near Eagle and Meridian ID are candidates for pain free dentistry, it’s standard that your sedation dentists meet with you first to ensure there is no health hazard.
Our pain free dentistry patients typically experience one or many of the following:
- Dental anxiety
- Trouble sitting in a dental chair for longer lengths of time
- Fear of needles
- Traumatic past dental experiences
- Low pain threshold
- Heightened sensitivity when in the dental office
Our sedation dentist utilizes three primary safe and effective pain free dentistry options.
NITROUS OXIDE | Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is commonly employed with patients to “take the edge off” their visit and help them feel relaxed during treatment. Nitrous Oxide is administered via a small breathing tube placed under the nose. Laughing gas is probably the most commonly used sedation dentistry option.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION | Oral conscious sedation is perhaps one of the simplest ways to ease patient anxiety. It is simply a pill administered orally before treatment. This sedative will cause you to feel completely comfortable and calm during your visit.
IV SEDATION | For those who need a more powerful pain free dentistry option, IV sedation can work wonders. IV sedation is administered through a needle and is able to bring you to a point of relaxation where you feel asleep — though you’re not actually.
GENERAL ANESTHESIA | General anesthesia is used not only for complex dental treatment, but is also occasionally recommended for children and adults who experience acute dental anxiety. This is the only form of sedation where the patient is fully asleep.
My father in law has always had a fear of dentists. To the point that he has panic attacks and refuses to go until something is seriously wrong… we had to sedate him in order to get him through the front door. After just a few visits he was able to go to the office without medication and didn’t have anxiety attacks. I attribute this to the fact that Dr. Blaisdell scheduled a meeting with him first where they just chatted and got to know each other and didn’t even look in his mouth the first appointment. He built up the trust before getting down to business. I refer people often because they are a wonderful group and I know my friends and family will always be in good hands with them!
Our sedation dentists in Boise change lives by enabling patients to receive the dental care they need when they might otherwise avoid it. If you have the question “What is sedation dentistry?” please call and schedule a sedation dentistry visit with our dentist near Meridian and Eagle ID.