We understand that many of our patients delay treatment simply because they are afraid of the dentist - you are not alone. Roughly one half of the population has a fear of the dentist. In order to relieve or lessen this fear we offer three options: Oral Sedation, Nitrous Oxide, and IV Sedation.
Oral sedation is a prescription pill that you take at home before coming to your dental appointment. This medication causes drowsiness and amnesia. When you take medication you must have someone else drive you to your appointment and drive you home afterwards. Patients who have had oral sedation say that they felt deeply relaxed or forgot parts of their appointment. While some patients sleep through their appointment, others will be comfortably relaxed. The medication will wear off within one to two hours after your appointment.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, provides you with a relaxing feeling during your appointment. The effect of the nitrous oxide goes away with in a few minutes after your dental procedure has been completed. You will also require someone to drive you home from your appointment after having nitrous oxide.
Dr. Matthew Wimmer and his staff are proud to offer a third sedation option for his patients who may be anxious visiting the dentist. IV Sedation is a quick-acting form of conscious sedation, where you are still able to respond to voice commands, but without having your full faculties telling you that there is a procedure happening.
IV Sedation is right for any patient that might need a longer procedure performed, multiple procedures within one appointment, or generally has a strong fear of the dentist. However, we always need to consult with the patient before choosing IV sedation to be sure they are a good and safe candidate.
If you would like to learn more about how to prepare for IV sedation, such as the days before, or simply chat with our dentists and staff, please give us a call. We’re happy to make you happy and feel less anxious about your visit to our office.