Feel Good at the Dentist’s Office
According to the experts, nearly half of Americans don’t visit the dentist every year. Many times, financing, access to care, or fear are the stumbling blocks. Our team wants you to feel good at our office, every time you visit. Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein can administer medication to help people overcome dental fear, stress, or anxiety. Sedation works well for those who:
- Have extreme dental anxiety
- Have a severe gag reflex
- Need multiple procedures completed in the same day
- Have postponed dental treatment
- Have physical or cognitive limitations
- Suffer from chronic jaw soreness
- Can’t get numb with local anesthetic
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation has been administered for decades – nitrous oxide for over a century. Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein offer three levels of sedation to cater to varying concerns, but they do not put anyone to sleep with general sedation. Patients remain awake and responsive during sedation dental visits.
Also referred to as “laughing gas”, Nitrous Oxide is inhaled through a face mask. The sedative, calming effects occur immediately and last only while the medication is being administered. Choosing nitrous oxide, you’ll retain the ability to drive home after your dental appointment.
Oral sedation, or anxiolysis, involves swallowing a sedative, like halcyon or valium, about an hour prior to a dental procedure. Oral sedatives make a person feel intensely groggy and carefree. If you decide to use oral sedation, you will need a ride to and from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
A higher level of dental sedation, oral conscious sedation, is a combination of both nitrous oxide and an oral sedative. It causes a patient to enter a twilight state, in which he or she is awake, yet seems between being awake and asleep. Because an oral sedative is used for oral conscious sedation, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.