If you’re one of millions of Americans suffering from any level of dental anxiety, we want you to know you’re not alone, and we have a wonderful solution for you with sedation dentistry. For some, a dental visit is uncomfortable at best. For others, the fear is enough to keep them away from the dentist their whole life. Knowing what we know about oral health and the importance of regular dental care, we make helping anxious patients a priority to help them get the care they need…comfortably.
Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a prescription sedative Dr. Cimino will prescribe that you can pick up at your local pharmacy. Your prescription will depend on your individual needs and level of anxiety. You should let Dr. Cimino know if you are taking any medications that may interfere with the drug. You will take the sedative about an hour before your appointment to help you relax. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
Sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. General anesthesia is designed to put you completely to sleep, or “put you under.” Sedation is designed to put you in a calm, waking dream-like state. You will remain generally awake and able to respond to the doctor and will be able to breathe normally, unassisted. Although some patients do relax enough to fall asleep, you will be easily awakened. Sedation does produce some amnesic effects, so the details of your appointment will be fuzzy and it will all be over before you know it!
Not only is sedation great for fearful and anxious patients, it can also help patients who need extensive dental work. Instead of scheduling multiple appointments, with sedation, we can often complete all or most major dental work in a single appointment while you are completely comfortable and sedated.
Sedation is also great for patients who otherwise have a hard time getting through dental appointments. Maybe you have a physical disability. Maybe you have a small mouth or TMJ problems that make it hard to keep your mouth open. Maybe you have a bad gag reflex, or trouble getting numb with anesthetic. Whatever the reason, we would love to help you get the care you need and deserve with relaxing sedation dentistry.
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