Believe it or not, there are ways to conquer this anxiety. The method we are going to talk about in this article is oral sedation.
What is oral sedation? Some have called it relaxation dentistry. You will leave the office feeling relaxed and calmed. It will be hard for you to believe that you have had dental work done. You may have been in the chair for hours and not realize it. Oral sedation will make getting your dental work done a dream.......literally!
Oral sedation involves a group of prescribed medications that you will begin taking the night before your big appointment. You will need someone to bring you to the office and then to take you home again as you will not be able to drive safely until all the medications are out of your system.
So what comes first?
Your first visit will be a "get to know you" visit. There is no actual work done at this time. It is an information gathering visit. We will sit with you and talk to you about what you want and need. We will take x-rays and look in your mouth. That's it!
Your second visit is a consultation. Between the 1st visit and this one, the doctor will review your x-rays and prepare a course of treatment for you, sometimes with several different options for you to choose. The consultation lasts about 50 minutes where we will go over the proposed treatment with you. This will be just a talking time. Once you have decided what course of treatment is best for you, we will give you the needed prescriptions for your sedation visit.
When your day arrives, you will take one medication the night before your appointment to relax and to help you sleep thru the night. On the day of your appointment you will take a different type of medication 1 hour prior to your visit. A responsible adult will bring you to our office. You will need to bring your medications with you. Once here, you will be given more of the medication to help you completely relax. You will be monitored by our sedation team throughout your visit.
After your visit, your driver will take you home where you will rest. The sedation medications will leave you with little or no memory of the sights, sounds or smells of your visit but will leave you feeling quite groggy for awhile. Once you have recovered, you will be amazed at how much was accomplished during your visit. Since you were so relaxed during the visit, you will feel little discomfort from the effects of your dental visit.
So there is hope out there for those of us who dread the visit to the dentist's office. We can get all our work done and have a fabulous new smile without a worry in the world. So don't let fear of the dental chair stop you from getting the beautiful smile of your dreams! Call us today!