Dental anxiety is more common than you think. In fact, an estimated 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans feel so much anxiety over a trip to the dentist that they end up skipping their appointments altogether. Patients would rather suffer through painful toothaches and allow the health of their gums to deteriorate. However, 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 a variety of issues including:
Alleviating Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry
Here at Prestige Periodontal & Implant Center we offer a variety of sedation dentistry options such as:
- Fear of dentistry
- Overactive gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Fear of needles and dental drills
- Complex or extensive procedures
- Previous traumatic experiences with dentistry
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV conscious sedation is a controlled form of sedation, meaning medications are administered as needed during the procedure allowing for a faster onset. It allows for full control over the state of sleep during the surgery. When needed, you will be somewhat awake to follow Dr. Fotek’s directions but you will still be in a sedated state. When needed, you will fall right back to sleep. After the procedure has ended, you will be released to the responsible person that will take you home and stay with you until the effects of the sedative drugs have worn off.
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 a 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.
Sedation Dentistry in Palm Beach Gardens
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.