Does the thought of undergoing a dental procedure make you panic or feel uneasy? You’re not alone. Dental anxiety isn’t uncommon and in severe cases, it can cause you to avoid getting necessary care, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, infection and pain. Past dental experiences, the nature of the treatment or hearing the experiences of others can lead to apprehension. If you’re having trouble overcoming your fear of the dentist, our caring team offers Naperville sedation dentistry. You’ll be able to relax completely during your appointment and, in many cases, leave with little or no memory of it.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a safe means of helping you deeply relax, so you can have a pleasant, painless, stress-free dental experience and receive the care you need. Depending on the case, we offer oral conscious sedation or general anesthesia, which is administered by a board-certified dental anesthesiologist. We use cutting-edge technology and sedation methods for maximum safety and effectiveness. You’ll be monitored throughout the treatment by our experienced anesthesiologist. In addition to giving you peace of mind and eliminating anxiety, sedation dentistry can allow you to receive multiple procedures in one appointment.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be given a small amount of an oral medication commonly used to reduce anxiety. Depending on the dose required, you’ll experience minimal to moderate sedation. As the name suggests, you’ll be conscious and your reflexes will be intact, however, you’ll be extremely relaxed and comfortable during your dental treatment. Many patients even fall asleep and you may not remember much of the visit. We’ll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure. After your treatment is complete, you’ll still be somewhat drowsy, so you’ll need to make arrangements in advance to have someone drive you home.
For more severe dental anxiety or for surgical procedures, general anesthesia may be indicated. General anesthesia is administered through an IV by a highly trained, board-certified anesthesiologist. During the procedure, you’ll be completely asleep and your vital signs will be monitored. You’ll be able to go home about two to four hours after your treatment. You won’t be able to drive, so you’ll have to make arrangements in advance for a ride.
Safe Sedation Dentistry in Naperville
The team at Naperville Dental Specialists is compassionate and respectful. We’ll never try to push you into treatment or make you feel embarrassed about your dental anxiety. We’ll do everything we can to ensure you’re comfortable and have a positive dental experience, so you’re able to maintain good oral health or have your smile beautifully restored without any stress. Prior to your treatment, you’ll meet with your Naperville dentist who will discuss your concerns and fears. They’ll also review your medical history and current medications, so the sedation medication is administered properly.
We have the experience to provide patients with safe sedation and even have a board-certified anesthesiologist on the team. Some patients find that coming in for a complimentary consultation, which includes a free exam and panoramic x-ray, can help alleviate some of their anxiety. You’ll be able to tour the office, ask us questions and get a feel for the practice. Schedule your consultation today by requesting an appointment online or calling us at (630) 848-2010.
Dental anxiety increases the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
Research suggests the number one cause of dental anxiety is fear of pain.
9% to 15% of Americans avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety.