By The Foundry Dental Center
November 18, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: sedation dentistry  



This common fear can be eliminated through the use of sedation dentistry.

Some patients can come in and out of the dentist without thinking twice about it. It feels no different than running to the grocery store or commuting to work; however, for others, anxiety can sneak up the minute your dentist calls with a friendly reminder about your next visit. You don’t want to feel stressed out over your appointment but you’re not quite sure how to stop it. Do you experience any of these symptoms?

  • You’re nervous or have problems sleeping the night before your dental appointment
  • Your nerves get the better of you in the waiting room
  • Thinking about the dentist makes you feel like crying
  • Visualizing dental tools makes you anxious
  • You feel physically sick whenever you think about your upcoming visit
  • You feel panicky or having problems breathing while in the dental chair

If any of the experiences above sound familiar to you, it could be dental anxiety. You aren’t alone! We’ve worked with many anxious patients before. Through the use of sedation dentistry we can give patients a stress-free and relaxing dental experience. Here are the types of sedation we offer:

Oral Sedation: This is the most common and popular option for many of our patients because all it requires is swallowing a pill. Some of the most often prescribed medications include Valium®, Halcion® and Versed®. These medications have been studied and tested for safety and efficacy. Some have even been known to produce amnesic effects, meaning you may remember little to nothing about your appointment.

Inhalation Sedation: Better known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, this sedation is administered through the nose. This is not meant to be a pain reliever, however. This is primarily to help relieve anxiety during your visit. Oxygen is combined with nitrous oxide to give you a pleasant and euphoric experience without the side effects that you might get with other medications.

IV Conscious Sedation: This sedative is administered into the bloodstream so the effects are almost instantaneous and significantly strong than the other two forms of sedation. With this immediate effect, it’s important that we monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing while under IV sedation. The biggest advantage of this sedation is that it is fast acting and highly effective. Again, while under IV sedation you won’t remember anything about your procedure upon waking.

Sedation dentistry in Bessemer has helped countless patients overcome their fear of the dentist. It could help you, too. If you’re interested in finding out more about how sedation could make your next visit easier, give us a call.

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