What is the importance of sedation dentistry for Lakewood area patients?
Patients who are extremely anxious about visiting their dentist are encouraged to speak to Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental about the importance of sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a method of calming and relaxing a patient before and during their dental procedure. This is done to help make the appointment a more positive experience and keep them from experiencing common dental anxieties. It is nothing new that both children and adults may experience dental anxiety when considering a visit for their oral health care. However, these fears can be calmed with the use of sedation dentistry, making it an important aspect of any dental practice.
Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental offers various sedative methods for patients, which include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and AlphaStim™. Our practice can work with individuals to determine the best possible method for their specific level of anxiety.
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas. This odorless, colorless gas is administered through the nose and it provides almost instantaneous relaxation. It can be used on both children and adults and is completely safe. Oxygen is administered at the end of their appointment, which allows them to go about their day without any interruption.
Alternative methods, such as oral conscious sedation, require patients to have transportation to and from their dental appointment. This is because the medication can put them into a deeper level of sedation that does not allow them to drive. Patients arrange for oral conscious sedation before their visit and pick up a prescription medication to take approximately one hour before their appointment. Patients are awake and coherent during their dental visit but when they rest, they will wake up with little to no recollection of their appointment.
AlphaStim™ is another method that does not require any kind of medication and patients can transport themselves to and from the appointment. This method uses electronic sensory modification and can help in addressing apprehension.Back to Sedation Dentistry Page