At Gettysburg Dental Associates, we know that many people are anxious about visiting the dentist and receiving procedures. Since we don’t want fear to hold you back from getting the dental care you need, we offer sedation dentistry to improve your experience. Sedation dentistry allows you to relax while we perform a dental treatment to promote your health. At the same time, you will remain conscious and aware of your surroundings. Instead of avoiding dental procedures, ask us about our sedation dentistry.
At our dental office, we make efforts to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere that will help our patients feel comfortable. Nonetheless, we understand that many patients are anxious about dental visits, especially when they enter the dentist’s chair or when they require a certain procedure. That’s why we provide the extra level of relaxation that sedation provides. We offer sedation for dental procedures, as well as for regular cleanings. We have different types of sedation dentistry to fit the needs of each situation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, your anxiety will melt away and you’ll feel comfortable during your dental treatment. We will take care of your oral health while you relax. You will stay conscious, and we are able to talk to you about the treatment while it’s happening. With this type of sedation, you would take a pill that will help you feel calm. If you have this type of sedation dentistry, we ask that you have someone else drive you on the day of your treatment. Nonetheless, the effects of the sedation do not linger, so you will feel alert and normal again soon after the treatment.
We also offer nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, as a sedation option. This type of sedation also helps you relax if you are nervous about a procedure or regular visit to the dentist. Laughing gas is a great option for feeling comfortable and having a better experience at our office. In this case, you would breathe from a mask with nitrous oxide and oxygen. In general, people can drive themselves after having nitrous oxide gas.
Sedation dentistry is separate from medication that you might receive for pain. While sedation dentistry will help you relax, you might also receive a local anesthetic or general anesthesia for certain dental procedures. If the idea of sedation or pain medication makes you nervous, please talk to us about your concerns.
If you have questions about sedation or the different types, our staff would be happy to answer them. Allow us to help you calm down about your dental procedure so you can get the care you need for your optimal state of health. To learn more about sedation or make a dental appointment, contact us at (717) 334-8193.