The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visits their dentist twice a year for preventive care. However, for some, this is not always easy. When you suffer from dental-related phobias, it involves more than just sweaty palms. The anxiety can be too much to handle, causing you to avoid appointments until it is absolutely necessary. Dr. Jamie Guthrie does not want to see you put your oral health at risk due to dental fears. To make going to the dentist easy and stress-free, she offers sedation dentistry in Ardmore to help you relax.
Now, sedation dentistry is commonly used to promote the dental experience for those with unique needs. Often, it can help those who suffer from fears and phobias, which can be due to a poor experience in the past, the anticipation of pain, or discomfort from the sights, sounds, and smells of the office. No matter the reason that makes you feel hesitant to schedule an appointment, your dentist in Ardmore will help you conquer your dental fears.
Sedation can also help those who have difficulty laying in one position for too long, have a hard time keeping their mouth open, or have a strong gag reflex. Often, it is recommended for those who need to undergo multiple or lengthy procedures to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible.
To help you relax, Dr. Guthrie offers both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedations. Depending on your exact needs, she will help you choose the right one to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that is delivered through a mask that is worn over the nose. It will take effect quickly, which may cause you to feel as though you are wrapped in a warm blanket. Your fears and anxieties will quickly fade away as you sit back and relax during your appointment. After your procedure is complete, the effects of the sedation will wear off quickly with no lingering side effects.
Oral conscious sedation is a prescribed medication that is taken prior to your appointment. As it takes effect, you will reach a high level of relaxation. In fact, you may reach the point that you fall asleep; however, you can be easily awakened because you will still be conscious. You will not feel any pain or discomfort as Dr. Guthrie provides you with the treatment that you need. When she is finished, a friend or loved one will need to drive you home as it may take a few hours for the effects to dissipate.
If dental-related anxieties and phobias have kept you from scheduling an appointment, it is time to stop fearing your dentist. Dr. Guthrie is specially trained to safely and effectively perform sedation dentistry to help you relax.
Do not let your fear keep you from achieving a healthy smile. Contact our office today to see if sedation dentistry is the right solution for you.