Around 75% of Americans are afraid of the dentist, and as many as 10% of those people avoid getting dental treatment because of their fears. At White Plains Family Dentistry, in White Plains, New York, the team of compassionate dental experts wants you to get the dental care you need. They offer customized sedation dentistry services to help you relax and feel calm and confident while under their care. If you’re looking for a dentist who will help you overcome your dental phobia, call White Plains Family Dentistry today or make an appointment online.
Sedation dentistry is the practice of providing a sedative or anesthesia to help you relax or even sleep through your dental appointment. The White Plains Family Dentistry team has extensive training in anesthesia and offers customized, safe sedation to address your specific needs, whether you are having an extraction or need help to sit through a routine exam.
Dental phobia is one of the most common reasons you might choose to have sedation dentistry. You may also need anesthesia during an invasive procedure to ensure that you stay comfortable and relaxed while your dentist repairs and restores your teeth.
Your dentist may also recommend sedation if your child is afraid or is too young to sit still through an exam and cleaning. Sedation dentistry is also helpful for patients with special needs.
The team at White Plains Family Dentistry offers several different types of sedative and customized advice on the best option for your needs.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used types of sedation in dentistry. You wear a small mask over your nose during your treatment. In addition to helping you relax, it also reduces your perception of pain. The effects of laughing gas wear off soon after your dentist removes your mask.
Enteral sedation is the clinical term for taking a sedative medicine orally before your treatment. In most cases, you’re awake but extremely relaxed and not entirely aware of your surroundings.
If you have IV sedation, your dentist places an IV in your arm to deliver the sedative medicine. It provides a deeper relaxation that is sometimes referred to as a twilight state. You will need to spend some time in the office recovering after your dental procedure.
General anesthesia allows you to sleep throughout your procedure. It’s usually provided as an IV or a gas. General anesthesia dulls your perception of pain as well as helping you to sleep. You will need to recover from anesthesia in the office before your dentist releases you to go home.
The dentists at White Plains Family Dentistry are trained and licensed to provide sedation dentistry. If you want to find out if sedation is right for you, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
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