Relieving Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we understand that some people suffer from anxiety that coincides with visits to the dentist’s office. We also know that there are many people who avoid the dentist because of the anxiety that they feel when they have an appointment. You no longer have to experience that crushing feeling of dental anxiety because sedation dentistry is here to help you. With our sedation dentistry in our Rochester Hills, MI office, you’ll no longer have to sweat your way through a dentist appointment because we will make sure that you are comfortable and satisfied.
We Can Help Ease The TensionRead Transcript
At our office, we offer [laughing] gas which is … Helps the patient to relax in the chair. We also offer these hot scented towels which … This is the first office that I’ve seen offer that since I’ve been out working. Patients really tend to love those. We also have coffee, tea bar out in the waiting room. We have TVs in every room as well that connect to headphones if patients don’t want to hear the noise of the drill which is totally understandable. We also offer blankets if people are cold. We give every kid that comes in balloons and we have a treasure chest on the way out as well so when their parents are checking out, they get to go pick a couple toys and take home. We actually recently started a kids club so if they come in, they completed their treatment or they have no cavities from that dental exam, that they … They are able to enter in for a drawing to win a prize as well at the end.
One way we will ease your tension is to provide sedation for certain procedures. If you feel the need to be sedated during treatment, we will take the steps to make sure that you are in a comfortable state to where you will feel no pain. When you request to have sedation during a procedure, a nurse who specializes in the field will come in and administer it to ensure that you receive the perfect amount to make you feel comfortable.
There are three types of sedation that we can administer safely to a patient. These safe sedation options include:
- Inhaled sedation. This type of sedation keeps you awake, but you are in a completely relaxed state. We are able to provide this without a nurse anesthetist and free of charge.
- IV sedation. During this type of sedation, you are still coherent but you are on the edge of being unconscious.
- General anesthesia. During this type of sedation, you will be completely unconscious.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we assure you of our expertise in the field of sedation dentistry! We will take special care to make sure that you’re comfortable during your visit at our family-friendly Rochester Hills, MI office. Before we select a type of dental anxiety treatment, we will carefully evaluate each case to make sure you receive the correct treatment.
Patients with Dental Anxiety Who May Be In Need Of Sedation Dentistry
There’s lots of ways to relieve dental anxiety. We use [inaudible] frequently in the office. It’s great for kids. It’s great for adults that are a little anxious. We use some of the benzodiazepines, we use [inaudible], [inaudible], sometimes for patients that are anxious. It settles them down a little bit, let’s them get here.
I usually prescribe the night before so they get a good nights sleep, so they’re not worried about it all night and getting charged up about it, and they come in and they’ve got the benefit of the drug onboard. We do sedation cases. We’ll have a nurse come in and we’ll put a patient into a deep sedation so they remember nothing about the procedure and it’s always really interesting to me because the patients start out being pretty anxious. They don’t really know you and they’re worried about how it’s going to go, but I find that the longer a patient is a patient of yours and the longer you provide treatment for them, the less they need, the anxiety controlling substances.
Eventually, we can do most procedures with local anesthetic, maybe a little [inaudible] and keep people extremely comfortable and anxiety free.
If you are not sure if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, check the list below to see what type of patients have been treated using sedation dentistry:
- Patients who have a low tolerance for pain. Being sedated will help ease the pain as well as help you relax.
- Patients who can’t remain still while having a dental procedure. Sedation will help you remain calm and still while in the chair.
- Patients who have very sensitive teeth. If your teeth are extremely sensitive, being sedated will help you relax and ease the tension brought about by having sensitive teeth.
- Patients who have an active gag reflex. Sedation dentistry will lessen your gag reflex.
- Patients who need a lot of dental work. Nobody wants to sit in a chair for eight hours while their teeth are being worked on. Being sedated during long procedures will make the process much easier for both you and the doctor.
If you’re still not sure if sedation dentistry is right for you, consult one of our top Rochester Hills, MI dentists at Hubbard & Leath Dental for advice!
Both Dr. Hubbard and Dr. Leath are highly skilled in all phases of general dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, and active members dental societies like the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Society, and the Oakland County District Dental Society.
For questions about relieving dental anxiety or sedation dentistry at our Rochester Hills, MI dentists office, contact us by calling 248.266.2528 or use our handy online form. We care about your family’s smiles!