Most of us experience some level of anxiety when visiting the doctor or dentist. In fact, people have even coined the term “white coat anxiety” to describe that feeling. But for some people, that anxiety can be so intense that it actually prevents them from visiting medical professionals altogether. When it comes to dentistry, delaying your visits – even just routine exams and cleanings – can result in negative consequences in a relatively short period of time. That’s why Central Dental offers conscious sedation options to our patients from throughout the Conway, AR, area.
How Conscious Sedation Can Help You and Your Family
No matter how hard we work on our daily oral hygiene routine, we’ll never be able to remove all the plaque and tartar that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist on a regular basis, and why it’s vital to address any dental issues as soon as possible. We understand that this can be challenging for patients who suffer from a high amount of fear and anxiety about visiting the dentist. Fortunately, conscious sedation techniques are totally safe and effective in making patients of all ages feel relaxed and comfortable.
Important Information about Conscious Sedation
Generally speaking, we offer two types of conscious sedation methods to our patients:
- Oral Conscious Sedation – With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be able to respond to the dentist when prompted but will remain borderline asleep and at ease. You will have very little memory which makes long and complicated procedures feel short and quick. After the procedure you will need to have someone drive you home while you fully wake up.
- N.Oxide – Often referred to as “laughing gas,” N.O. involves inhaling a small amount of gas and oxygen. You’ll feel at ease and somewhat giddy throughout your visit. Patients who choose this form of conscious sedation are able to drive home after their appointment.
“I am not a fan of the dentist. I only go when absolutely necessary. I have had some long term issues going on and thought maybe I’ll check these folks out. To my surprise they were amazing. Dr. Hill was so awesome. Lolly was so sweet and nice and very calming. They eased my fears. On top of that they are affordable. I finally took the leap and got some major work started. Their method of sedation was great. I highly recommend checking them out.”
Call Our Office Today to Schedule an Appointment
Don’t let anxiety postpone your trip to the dentist! Instead, ask us about use of conscious sedation to help you feel more at ease. Contact our Conway, AR, office today to schedule an appointment.