We see nervous patients every single day here at Dental Wellness of Lexington, but thanks to sedation dentistry, we’re able to help even the most anxious enjoy relaxing appointments. Our dentists are members of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, meaning they have put a lot of time and effort into learning about the best ways to soothe patients so they can receive their necessary care without unnecessary stress. If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make you or your child feel tense, be sure to give us a call and ask how sedation could be used at your next appointment.
Sedation Dentistry – Lexington, KY
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Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington for Sedation Dentistry?
- Members of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- Recognized by other dentists as experts in dental sedation
- Decades of experience helping patients overcome dental phobia
What Exactly is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental phobia is a real problem that causes millions of Americans to miss out on their much-needed dental care every year. In many cases, this allows relatively minor problems to turn into painful emergencies, leading to even more anxiety associated with the dentist’s office. Sometimes, a dental infection can become so bad that it impacts a person’s overall health! Sedation dentistry enables our team to help patients overcome this initial fear and feel calm in the chair so they can get what they need to enjoy optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Whether someone is afraid of routine checkups and cleanings or is in need of more involved care, sedation can be used to make absolutely anyone feel comfortable.
Who Could Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
We typically recommend sedation dentistry for patients who:
- Experience mild to moderate dental phobia
- Feel nervous being around the sights and sounds of a dental office
- Have had a traumatic experience at the dentist in the past
- Are in need of an extensive procedure
- Want to have multiple procedures completed in one appointment to save time
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
- Have chronic jaw/neck/back pain that makes sitting for an entire appointment impossible
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide goes by a more well-known name—laughing gas—and has been used by dentists around the world for generations to help patients reduce their dental-related anxiety. All a patient has to do is inhale this colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask to quickly feel the tension leave their body. The mask remains on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, a patient should feel completely normal within a few minutes. This means they can quickly resume their day without interruption.
IV sedation can help even the most fearful patient feel calm and safe in the dentist’s office. Dr. Feck is recognized as an expert nationwide when it comes to this treatment, and he has taught Clinics about it to other dentists around the country for decades. With this, a sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream to help a patient become deeply relaxed very quickly. Most patients remain awake, but some are able to just fall asleep during their appointment. While a patient is under, our team can actually adjust their sedative level to ensure they remain comfortable each and every moment.
What to Expect Before Getting Dental Sedation
If you would like to use sedation at your next appointment, just let our team know, and then we can discuss your options. Our recommendations will be based on your level of anxiety as well as your medical history. Be sure to let us know about any medications you are regularly taking. We can also make other accommodations if they will help your appointment go smoother—just let us know if certain instruments or sounds trigger your fear. Our goal is for you to walk into our office and know that you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
Nitrous oxide sedation is so gentle that it can be administered with little to no prep, but IV sedation is a bit more involved. If you’re nervous about needles, our team can prescribe you a pill to take the day of your appointment that should help you become partially sedated even before you reach our office. In this situation, we require that a friend or family member drive you to your appointment. We may advise that you avoid eating for about 8-10 hours before your procedure as well to curtail any possible nausea.
What to Expect After Dental Sedation
As we touched on above, nitrous oxide sedation has no lingering effects, so the only thing you may experience after your appointment is some numbness due to local anesthesia. We recommend not eating until this has worn off so you don’t accidentally bite your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
With IV sedation, you should plan to have a trusted person drive you home from the office the day of your appointment and keep an eye on you for a few hours afterwards. You’ll likely feel very drowsy for the rest of the day, but by the next morning, the sedation should have worn off.
Participate in Our IV Sedation Education Course & Get Complimentary Dental Work
Dr. Feck regularly teaches award-winning seminars about IV sedation to dentists around the country, and patients in Lexington have the opportunity to participate in them in order to get free dental work. This program is only for qualifying patients, and spots will be given based on availability and need. As part of the course, you can have a procedure performed while under IV sedation without spending a dime, and you’ll be helping other dentists learn how to do the same.
To learn more about this program and see if you qualify, give us a call today.