Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Relax
Dr. Craig Hine provides multiple sedation dentistry options at his Bixby, OK, dental practice to help patients stay relaxed and comfortable during their appointment. Options include nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. During a consultation, Dr. Hine can discuss your concerns and review your medical history to determine if sedation is right for you.
Why Sedation Dentistry?
Anxiety in the dentist's office can affect patients of all ages. In many cases, this anxiety can make a visit to the dentist virtually unthinkable. Unfortunately, oral health issues can only become worse over time. For instance, a small cavity can eventually lead to a need for extraction, jawbone recession, periodontal disease, and other issues that can be costly and time-consuming to address.
Dr. Hine believes nothing should stand in the way of pursuing the care you need. He can help find a solution that allows you to feel completely at ease under his care.
Oral health means much more than simply having a functional set of teeth. Strong research suggests that issues such as gum disease can actually affect overall health, increasing the risk of conditions such as heart disease and pneumonia. Dr. Hine believes nothing should stand in the way of pursuing the care you need. He can help find a solution that allows you to feel completely at ease under his care. Patient education can help some patients to relax, while others need solutions such as oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide.
Meanwhile, if a patient suffers from arthritis, requires an especially lengthy treatment, or has special needs that make it difficult to sit still during treatment, sedation can serve two purposes. While helping the patient to achieve deep relaxation, it also helps us to deliver more efficient care.
Your oral health is important to us, and we are prepared to accommodate your needs. We encourage our patients to be very straightforward about any discomfort you experience in the dentist's office so that we can determine a way to help you feel calm whether you are visiting us for a six-month checkup or a more extensive restorative treatment.
Types of Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen administered through a mask to relieve mild to moderate anxiety. After several deep breaths, you will begin to feel relaxed. You will remain able to answer questions and respond to commands throughout treatment. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off quickly and you are safe to drive after the procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is recommended when deeper relaxation is necessary. You will be given sedatives in pill form to take prior to treatment. Because this method induces deeper sedation, you must have a friend or loved one drive you to and from your appointment. Once the sedatives take effect, you will enter a "twilight sleep," or state of near-sleep, in which you will remain able to respond to commands and questions. You should plan to relax at home for the remainder of the day since it will take some time for the sedative effects to subside.
Contact Us Today
Your oral health is important. If any condition, from anxiety to arthritis, is making it difficult for you to pursue the treatment you need, we are here to help. We invite you to schedule a consultation with us so that Dr. Hine can discuss your needs and determine a solution that helps you comfortably undergo excellent dental care.
“Keeping the beat of dentistry alive for nearly 100 years.” Dr. Craig Hine