While some patients might enjoy going to the dentist, that is not the case for most.
Some just tolerate it.
And some won’t step through the doors without sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is a medical way of relaxing a patient. While there are several types of dental sedation, Dr. Arnold prefers Oral Conscious Sedation. It is administered by a pill which brings great relief to patients with a needle phobia. This is a fairly deep level of sedation. You are completely relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. In fact, you’re so relaxed that most patients sleep through their entire appointment. Though, if you want to stay awake you can. You’ll even be able to communicate. It’s completely your choice.
Pampering You During Treatment
From the beginning, even in initially designing our office space, we’ve been intentional about our patient’s comfort. We were careful to place the treatment rooms above the ground floor. We also oriented them toward the north so patients can enjoy the views without having the sun in their eyes. In choosing our dental chairs we went to the Chicago Midwinter Dental meeting so we could try out all the best chairs and make the most informed decision knowing this directly impacts your comfort.
Cozy blankets and pillows are available for all patients. Additionally, for hygiene patients, we offer warm paraffin hand treatments with a heated massage mat if desired. Warm scented hand towels make a relaxing finish. All our appointments are unrushed. We want you not only to feel anxiety-free but completely pampered.
How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill about an hour before your appointment, which sedates you for several hours. During the appointment, your vital functions are monitored and your dental work is completed while you are in a dreamy, relaxed state. The sedative effects will wear off only gradually, so you will need to have someone drive you home afterward.
Patients who haven’t been to the dentist in a long time often find that they need a little extra work done to repair the damage of years without dental care. Sedation is especially useful in those cases. Because of the relaxed state you’re in, you can have more work done in one sitting. Without it, many patients find it difficult to sit that long with their mouth open.
Often people who haven’t been to the dentist in a while fear they’ll be judged by the dentist and staff. We can assure you that is not the case at Arnold Dental. We will not judge or lecture you but will treat you like family. We realize that it is quite normal for people with dental anxiety to avoid visiting the dentist. We’ll be glad you decided to come and our total attitude is wanting to help you any way we can.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry has a long track record of safety. It is called conscious sedation because you aren’t unconscious. Your vital functions continue normally, and your reflexes, such as coughing to clear your airway, are fully functional. It may also reassure you to know that Dr. Arnold did a General Practice Residency in anesthesia, so he has more training than most when it comes to sedation. You’ll be in good hands.
If you’re ready to try sedation dentistry, you may call our office to schedule an appointment. Or if you prefer, you may click here to request an appointment online.