You don’t need to be a dentist to know that many people become nervous just thinking about dental care. In fact, some are downright terrified! At Creating Smiles, PC, we do everything we can to alleviate our patients’ anxiety, from providing a warm and friendly environment to taking the time to answer any questions someone might have about a particular procedure. And, for the people who need a little extra help to feel comfortable in the chair, we have sedation dentistry for Valparaiso, IN dental patients.
With sedation dentistry, a patient isn’t put to sleep, but rather we give them medication that naturally calms their mind and body so they can stay relaxed throughout their appointments. We offer a selection of methods suited for every individual, many of which don’t involve injections. Whether your child has minor dental nerves or you’ve avoided care for years, our team can help make the dental experience a stress-free one.
Sedation has many other benefits beyond helping patients feel calm. When a patient is less tense during treatment, they often experience less discomfort and swelling afterward, plus they tend to heal much faster as well. Also, we can use sedation to help us perform multiple procedures in a single, well-planned appointment, allowing patients to save a tremendous amount of time.
Think sedation could be exactly what you need for your next dental visit? We would be happy to go over your options and answer your questions at a FREE consultation, so contact us today to schedule.
The right type of sedation for a patient really depends on the answers to a few questions. What is their level of dental anxiety? What type of procedure do they need? How long will they need to be sedated? Do they have any other medical concerns? Using these answers and a patient’s input, we can easily figure out which method would be best. Read on below to learn a little more about some of the sedation options we currently offer.
Fast, mild, and effective, nitrous oxide is perfect for patients of all ages with minor dental nerves. The gas is inhaled through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, a patient should feel warm, happy, and slightly numb all over. The mask stays on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, the effects wear off very quickly. This allows a patient to quickly resume their day without any lingering effects.
IV sedation is ideal for patients with extreme dental anxiety or those who need a more extensive procedure. With this, the sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, causing a patient to become deeply relaxed almost instantly. Throughout someone’s procedure, we can adjust the amount of sedation to ensure the patient always feels comfortable. We partner with a licensed anesthesiologist for this treatment to safeguard the health and safety of the patient.
Oral conscious sedation sounds like a dental patient’s dream to many people: we prescribe you medication to take at home, you come in, and before you know it, your appointment is over, and you have little to no memory of it. With OCS, most patients are able to stay awake throughout their visit, but many become so relaxed that they doze off! Due to the strength of OCS, it’s required that a patient have someone else drive them to and from our dental office. Most people tend to feel completely normal that evening or by the next morning.