Sedation dentistry is a great way to minimize the anxiety and nervousness that can often accompany a visit to the dentist. Many people in America suffer from minor dental anxiety, but with the proper sedation techniques, trips to the dentist don’t have to be scary or intimidating.
At Buckwalter Dental Care, Dr. Joel Darrah specializes in treating patients with dental anxiety. Whether you’re scared of the dentist or simply nervous about an upcoming oral surgery, our sedation dentistry services can make things easier for you.
What Kinds of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?
At Buckwalter Dental Care, we have a few different sedation options to choose from:
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) – This is often also called “minimal inhaled sedation.” Patients use a specialized mask to inhale laughing gas, which encourages a more positive mental state and feelings of euphoria. Laughing gas usually lasts only a few minutes, so patients can function normally after their procedure and drive home after undergoing this method of sedation dentistry.
Oral conscious sedation – This form of sedation is the most common. Patients take a pill, such as Valium or Halcion, about 45 minutes before their procedure. These drugs help reduce your state of consciousness, and may even make you fall asleep during your procedure. This sedative doesn’t wear off as quickly as laughing gas, so you can’t drive after undergoing oral conscious sedation. Make sure you have travel arrangements to get to and from your appointment!
Am I Eligible for Sedation Dentistry?
If you feel uncomfortable or anxious about any dental procedure, sedation dentistry can be used to help you deal with these negative feelings. Sedatives are commonly used by patients who:
Are undergoing extensive treatment – Sedation dentistry can make sitting in the dentist’s chair for multiple hours more comfortable, and is often used during long, complicated oral procedures.
Have a strong gag reflex – Sedation can help reduce the effects of a strong or overactive gag reflex, allowing for an easier dental treatment.
Have a low pain threshold – Patients with low pain thresholds may not be able to only use local anesthetic, and sedation may be recommended.
Suffer from dental anxiety – Dental anxiety is the most common reason that Dr. Darrah treats patients with sedation.
Suffering From Dental Anxiety? Nervous About the Dentist? Come to Buckwalter Dental Care!
Dr. Joel Darrah is an experienced sedation dentist. Whether you suffer from mild to severe dental anxiety, or you’re just nervous about an upcoming procedure such as a root canal or crown placement, he can help!
With a variety of sedation options and a caring, patient-focused approach to dentistry, the team at Buckwalter Dental Care will always make your dental experience comfortable and safe. Learn more from our past patients by reading our testimonials now.
Schedule your appointment now at (843) 815-3232, or drop by our office for a visit at 31 Innovation Dr., #2, Bluffton, SC 29910.