May 16, 2017
Your dentist in Montrose uses sedation options to relax nervous patients and to relieve discomfort. The medications are fully monitored by Dr. Tamborello or Dr. Bowen so you know you’re receiving the best care possible.
What Are the Reasons for Dental Fear?
Sedation dentistry goes beyond pain control. It also helps highly anxious patients–people who are truly frightened when they go to the dentist. Are you one of them? Well, your family dentist in Montrose can help you.
Some individuals feel “butterflies” when they think about dental check-ups, cleanings and restorative procedures. Other individuals–both children and adults–get so upset that they get panic attacks, complete with racing heartbeats and sweaty palms.
With extreme dental phobia, people may postpone their appointments or even stop getting oral health care altogether. The National Health Service in London estimates that 10 to 20 percent of patients cease going to the dentist, harming their oral and systemic health.
What Can You Do If You’re Afraid?
Dr. Tamborello and Dr. Bowen encourages nervous patients to talk with them about sedation dentistry. A friendly visit in their comfortable office allays many fears and gives patients information to help them choose a type of sedation.
Your family dentist in Montrose offers nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, oral conscious sedation and fully monitored IV sedation. These medications help patients feel at ease so they get the treatments they need. They also help people:
- Who have trouble sitting still in the dental chair
- Who are claustrophobic or dislike invasion of personal space
- With very sensitive gag reflexes
- With physical limitations (such as chronic back pain)
- Needing complicated procedures, such as full mouth reconstruction
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a nasal mask. As the nickname implies, the gas, mixed with oxygen, relaxes patients so much that they feel giddy and euphoric. The dentist adjusts the dosage up or down as needed, and the effects wear off almost immediately. Patients can drive themselves home.
Oral conscious sedation is essentially a tranquilizer. Valium, Halcion, Versed and Ativan is commonly used pills. The medication is taken ahead of the appointment time, making the individual drowsy to the point of dropping off asleep during the dental treatments. The patient still may respond to verbal commands and wakes up quickly. A friend or loved one must drive the person home, and he may not remember his appointment afterward.
This amnesic effect applies to IV (intravenous) sedation, too. The dentist administers this medication through the bloodstream. It makes the individual relaxed and sleepy. The dental team monitors the level of consciousness and vital signs throughout the procedures, and a responsible adult must drive the patient home.
Does Going to the Dentist Make You Shaky?
You’d be surprised at how many patients Dr. Tamborello and Dr. Bowen treat who feel the same way, and this caring team is happy to help. Why not contact Tamborello & Bowen Cosmetic Dentistry for your one-on-one consultation? The dentist will review your health history and medications and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you.
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