Enjoy a Calm and Relaxing Dental Experience with Sedation Dentistry
Patients who have trouble sitting still or suffer from dental phobia may be great candidates for sedation dentistry. This solution allows patients who might otherwise avoid dental care to feel comfortable receiving treatment at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice serving greater Phoenix. Drs. Terry and Mary Work offer multiple forms of sedation, depending on the length of your procedure and individual comfort needs.
At Dental Works, your comfort is an important part of your experience. Our dental team will ensure that your treatments are as comfortable as possible. If you are experiencing anxiety about an upcoming dental treatment, please ask one of our doctors or a trusted dental team member about sedation dentistry.
Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Upwards of 15 percent of the American adult population suffers from dental phobia. Dental phobia can be caused by:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of needles
- Fear of unpleasant side effects of anesthesia
- Feelings of helplessness
- Fear over the loss of personal space
- A past traumatic dental experience
Patients with dental phobia are not the only ones who can benefit from sedation dentistry. If you have sensitive teeth, restless legs, a tendency to fidget when sitting, arthritis, or special needs, you may also be a candidate.
During your consultation at our dental practice, one of our doctors or a staff member will let you know if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can often benefit patients who plan to undergo:
- Complex extractions
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Dental implant placement surgery
- Bone grafts
- Gum surgery
- Smile makeover
This calming treatment may not be approved for women who are pregnant or individuals who are taking certain types of medications. We will conduct a full review of your medications and health history before recommending sedation.
Sedation dentistry allows patients to remain relaxed and comfortable throughout procedures they might otherwise find unpleasant.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Many of our patients report that under the safe effects of sedation dentistry, time seems to pass more quickly. This can be a real benefit if you are scheduled to undergo a procedure that lasts one or more hours.
Sedation dentistry allows patients to remain relaxed and comfortable throughout procedures they might otherwise find unpleasant. While under sedation, patients often report feeling relaxed, euphoric, and calm. We use sedation that allows patients to remain conscious, but in a state of near-sleep. Although you will be deeply relaxed, you will remain able to respond to questions.
What Are My Sedation Options?
Common forms of sedation include nitrous oxide (a gas that is inhaled through a mask), oral conscious sedation (which is administered in pill form), and IV sedation, which is administered directly into the bloodstream. During a consultation, Drs. Terry and Mary Work can determine which type is right for you, and help you understand what to expect. While nitrous wears off almost immediately after the mask is removed, deeper forms of sedation take longer to subside, and patients should arrange a ride to and from their appointment.
Enjoy Calm, Peaceful Treatment
Sedation dentistry can help many patients become able to receive the dental care they desperately need. If you wish to learn more about the calming benefits of sedation dentistry, please contact our Scottsdale office online or call (480) 391-0099.