Comfortable Visits at Our Scottsdale Dental Office
Through the modern miracles of sedation dentistry, dentists can now safely treat anxious patients and often accomplish all dental work in one visit that may have required many more visits without it.
Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. Many people avoid dental treatments altogether, as the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming. As a result, dental health deteriorates, but with sedation dentistry, offered at our practice, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the stress and fear of dental procedures.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Nearly all patients are candidates for sedation dentistry. Check out which type of sedation treatment is right for you. But sedation dentistry can help patients who have:
- High fear and anxiety about dental treatment
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to complete dental care
- Inability to control movements due to conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or cerebral palsy
If you are one of those patients who hate needles, shots, and the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care, call our Scottsdale dentist for a consultation and see how you can be benefited. Don’t let anxiety and fears come in the way of your dental care!
How does Oral Sedation work?
For dental treatment under oral sedation, you will take a small sedative pill an hour before you come to our Scottsdale office. This will help you feel relaxed and sleepy and by the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy. It is necessary to have a responsible adult accompany you to the office.
During your dental treatment, a trained assistant will be with you monitoring vital signs. Our doctor and our experienced team will perform all necessary dental work and though you are in a deeply relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests. When the procedures are complete, you will be gently awakened and will have no memory of your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
The effects of dental sedation typically last for 24 hours. It’s common to experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness during this time, which is why our sedation dentist in Scottsdale encourages patients to arrange a ride home after their appointments.
You should also wait for the numbness to subside before attempting to eat, as you may bite your cheeks or tongue without realizing it. We also recommend avoiding strenuous activity and exercise during this time.
Many patients believe they’ll be unconscious under dental sedation, but this is a common misconception. During your appointment, you’ll enter what’s known as “twilight sleep,” in which you’ll be in a state of deep relaxation but still awake enough to respond to our dentists. A team member will monitor you during your appointment to ensure everything is working as it should.
You’ll be awake during your procedure regardless of the dental sedation method. Some patients may have difficulty remembering their appointment once the sedation fades, which typically takes 24 hours, depending on the sedative.
No matter which sedation dentistry method you receive, your procedure will be painless and stress-free. Local anesthesia only numbs pain, but when paired with a dental sedative will create a deep feeling of calm. You’re in good hands with our Scottsdale dentists.
You may experience mild soreness when the numbness and sedation fade, but any pain should subside within a few days following your appointment. Our dentist Dr. Call recommends over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses to alleviate discomfort.
Feel At Ease During Your Next Appointment
With sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to relax at your upcoming dental visit or procedure. Our Scottsdale dentist will ensure your experience is painless and stress-free. To learn more about dental sedation or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at (480) 443-3552, or fill out the contact form below.