Do you feel nervous when you think about a visit to the dentist? Have you delayed dental care because of your anxiety? Do you have a health condition, such as arthritis, that makes it difficult to sit for long periods? If so, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry at our Denver, CO, practice. Dr. Kyle F. Long often recommends oral conscious sedation for patients suffering with anxiety or other issues. The safe medication will allow you to comfortably receive the care you need. Dr. Long will assess your candidacy and explain the sedation process at your initial consultation.
Why Choose Sedation?
We understand that patients of all ages and from many different walks of life can have conditions that make it difficult to undergo dental treatment. Anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex, arthritis, or simply requiring a lengthy treatment can make dental care not only difficult, but also something that patients delay for long periods. All too often, this results in highly compromised oral health. We believe that absolutely nothing should keep you from pursuing the care you need, which is why we provide sedation as needed. Meanwhile, you can expect that we will take every measure to make you feel comfortable and informed about your treatment.
How Does Dental Sedation Work?
There are many kinds of sedation available, and we prefer to use oral conscious sedation. However, we can determine if this or another method is the best way to help you relax. If Dr. Long recommends oral conscious sedation, you will take medication prior to treatment. As the medication take effect, you will feel increasingly relaxed. Eventually, you will enter a state of near-sleep in which you will remain able to answer questions and respond to commands. You will also have little memory of the procedure after the effects of the medication subside. You must come to your appointment with a responsible driver who can transport you home after treatment. You should also plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day, as you can expect to feel a bit sluggish and subdued for a period after the sedative has worn off.
Thanks to sedation, you may find it easier to visit the dentist than ever before.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Thanks to sedation, you may find it easier to visit the dentist than ever before. You can book your routine cleanings and exams without anxiety, laying a foundation for lasting oral health. If you have suffered oral trauma or require a lengthy procedure, sedation will make it easier to receive restorative care such as dental implants.
At the same time, it can make it easier for your caregiver to provide the treatment you need. After all, performing a root canal for a relaxed patient is a far more efficient undertaking than treating a patient who is tense or otherwise uncomfortable. We are more than happy to make any non-medical accommodations to help you relax, such as extensive patient education, pillows, or headphones playing relaxing music. But if you simply cannot relax, sedation can make your experience simpler and more pleasant in every respect.
To learn more about sedation, contact Dr. Long’s office today. During a consultation, Dr. Long can help determine if sedation is right for you, and plan any other accommodations necessary to make your next visit as comfortable and beneficial as possible.