Dental anxiety is more common than you think. An estimated 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans feel so much anxiety over a trip to the dentist that they simply do not go. They would rather suffer through painful toothaches and allow the health of their gums to decline – but you do not have to sacrifice your smile. You no longer have to worry about dental anxiety getting between you and a healthier mouth. Sedation dentistry can alleviate your fears and make the dental chair a lot more relaxing. Dr. Paul Fotek, a skilled periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, offers sedation dentistry alternatives to address:
Dr Fotek is very knowledgeable and experienced. He has provided me and my family the highest quality of care!! I will definitely be referring to him.
– Leonora B.
Dr. Fotek makes several sedation dentistry options available to you, each with its own advantages. Intravenous (IV) sedation is an excellent option for those with severe anxiety; but for others, oral sedation or nitrous oxide might be the solution.
IV sedation dentistry is often utilized in complex treatment plans by our periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. This form of sedation dentistry allows for a deeper level of relaxation. Medication enters the bloodstream via an IV to instantly calm you. While you will have no memory of the experience once your procedure is over, you still remain responsive during the procedure, which allows Dr. Fotek to communicate effectively with you while you relax.
Oral sedation has the advantage of being administered at home. By the time you reach our office, you will be relaxed and sleepy. The effects, however, last for several hours so you must have a driver and plan to take the evening off.
Nitrous oxide has the benefit of inducing relaxation immediately, with the effects dissipating just as quickly. Administered via nose mask, the colorless gas has no odor and is an ideal method of sedation dentistry for a patient who must return to normal activities right after the procedure.
For exceptional service and quality care, call our office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Fotek and our team of skilled professionals are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with gentle periodontal treatment, implant dentistry, and preventative care.