Dentist - Tempe, AZ
- Audrey Jenkins
We Offer Sedation Dentistry In Tempe, AZ
Sedation dentistry is an option for dental patients that uses a sedative medication to help the patient feel more relaxed and less anxious. It can be used for many different purposes, including dental work like fillings, extractions, or root canals. Some patients also request sedation during a routine cleaning to ease the anxiety of the dental experience. Sedation dentists are trained to administer sedatives in a dentist’s office with high levels of care and professionalism.
Okun Dentistry offers sedation dentistry at Tempe, AZ. We want all our patients to feel comfortable and free from fear when visiting the dentist.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
With general oral conscious sedation, patients are awake while receiving treatment, but they may feel drowsy. They usually feel a deep state of relaxation. This dental sedation helps take away some worry about alertness or awareness during your visit, and you can feel relaxed and pain-free.
Our dentist’s other sedation option in Tempe, AZ, offers is nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas). This sedative is an inhalant that helps you relax and opens up the airways, making it easier for anxious patients about their dental experiences. You’ll be able to breathe easy while resting or receiving treatment and still experience relief from any pain throughout your visit.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Anxiety shouldn’t stop you from getting the dental care that you need. If fear makes it hard for you to take action, our oral sedation option can be an excellent choice to help alleviate those symptoms, so we’re sure everything goes smoothly during treatment. With this oral, medication-based form of relaxation therapy, patients remain awake and can speak and move freely. Most patients don’t remember anything about their appointment but feel like they’ve taken a nap.
Most oral sedation is taken about an hour before your dental appointment and wears off entirely within two hours. For this reason, you will need someone to escort you to and from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is another option for sedative dental care. It’s easy to administer and safe for all ages. It provides a relaxing feeling, and anxiety is lessened. Nitrous oxide is administered through a nosepiece, which delivers a constant oxygen and nitrous oxide stream. Patients with severe nasal allergies or congestion should not use laughing gas as it could lead to difficulty breathing.
Once your dental treatment is completed, the effects are completely reversed within 5-10 minutes as a steady stream of only oxygen is administered. It is entirely safe, and there is no need for someone to drop you off or pick you up. You can drive safely back to work or home following your appointment.
Benefits Of Sedation During A Dental Procedure Or Regular Dental Care
Patients may experience anxiety when they think about their dental procedure, especially if it is invasive or lengthy. Sedation dentistry can help you relax and reduce the stress of worrying before and during your appointment by providing two options for sedation, including oral sedation with prescription medication to take beforehand or nitrous oxide gas administered in-office.
We Offer Sedation Dentistry To Patients In Tempe, AZ
New patients can request appointments online or call us at (480) 967-8763.