Many people suffer from dental anxiety in one form or another, so if you deal with this problem, you are not alone. However, that anxiety should never keep you from visiting our anesthesiologist for the care your smile needs. If you would like to meet with Dr. Bipin Patel to discuss your options for sedation dentistry in Bakersfield, California, call Center for Implant Dentistry at 661-663-9600.
Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who may feel nervous or anxious before or during their dental treatment. You can feel more calm and relaxed during your visit by taking advantage of one of several sedation medications available, depending on your unique needs and preferences:
- Nitrous oxide (N2O), also known as laughing gas, is a sedative gas mixed with oxygen that you can inhale to help you feel more relaxed during your dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation and will wear off within just a few minutes after the flow of gas is stopped.
- Oral sedation involves taking medication orally before your dental treatment to help you feel at ease by the time you step into the dentist’s chair.
- IV sedation can enable our specialty dentists to provide sedation more quickly. It involves intravenously administering the sedative medication, which makes it easier to control the level of sedation and keep you comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, which means it is not meant to make you unconscious but rather to feel relaxed during your appointment. It is possibly that you might feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during the treatment or do not remember all the details of the visit.
We want you to feel comfortable when you come to visit us, which is why we offer sedation dentistry, and our highly trained specialty dentists and team will monitor you closely during your visit to make sure your treatment is safe. You may also need a friend or family member who can drive you to and from your dental visit, depending on the sedation option you select for your treatment.
Dental anxiety is a common reaction for people when visiting the dentist. This anxiety may be because of negative past experiences or simply nervousness about certain treatments, but there are options to help you so you can still get the dental treatment you need for a healthy smile. If it is difficult for you to get numb or if you have an extra sensitive gag reflex, sedation dentistry may be a great choice for you.
To learn more about sedation dentistry and how our specialty dentists can use it to improve your dental experience, call or visit our team today!