At Olson Family Dental, we know that some of our patients may experience fear and anxiety associated with dentistry. For severe cases, we offer mild sedation dentistry to alleviate stress and provide the best possible experience. Any good dental practice places patient happiness and relaxation at the top of the list. Our team will do what it takes to reduce anxiety and ease any fears.
Dental Anxiety and Fear
Sedation dentistry is our final act of recourse. Before we utilize sedation tactics, we recommend reducing fear and anxiety through natural means. Talk to Dr. Karl Olson, and voice any fears or concerns you may have regarding dentistry. You can also bring a pair of headphones and play music as a means of relaxation. This can also drown out any fear-creating noises. We also suggest establishing a signal. A “stop” hand signal can be a useful tool if you are experiencing significant pain or anxiety.
Types of Dental Sedation
We offer two types of sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and enteral sedation (valium). These are forms of “conscious mild sedation” that still allow you to breathe independently, respond to verbal and physical stimulation, and retain your reflexes.
Nitrous oxide is the most common form of sedation. It does not put you to sleep, but it is an effective way to reduce your anxiety. The gas is administered through a small hood which covers the nose and is connected to a tank. You may experience some tingling and numbness, as well as an overall sense of euphoria. When combined with local anesthetic, nitrous oxide can make most procedures comfortable and effectively painless.
Enteral sedation is administered orally in the form of a pill or liquid. We use valium, a common anti-anxiety medication. Enteral sedation can be used separately or in conjunction with nitrous oxide. Again, you will remain awake, but your anxiety should be greatly reduced. If valium is used, we require our patients to have a separate driver after the procedure, usually a friend or family member.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Sedation?
Most patients are candidates for dental sedation. Patients with certain conditions, such as cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory diseases, may require clearance from a physician. Dr. Karl Olson will need to review your complete medical history and perform a physical assessment before the use of sedation. Talk with Dr. Karl Olson to find out if dental sedation is right for you.
ADA and Sedation
Patient safety is a number one priority. The American Dental Association (ADA) has provided a set of guidelines that layout proper sedation training and techniques. At Olson Family Dental, our team receives ongoing education and training to make sure these guidelines are followed to a tee. Sedation dentistry is considered extremely safe but may require the use of monitoring equipment. We may use a pulse oximeter, and oxygen equipment to stay prepared and ensure your safety.
Learn More About Dental Sedation
Don’t let your fear and anxiety prevent you from receiving proper oral care. If you would like to learn more or have any questions, call (203) 663-3316 and schedule an appointment today!