There's so much dentistry can do these days to make your mouth healthier and your smile more beautiful. Yet many people don't take advantage of this because of a long-standing fear of dental treatment. If you are one of these people, rest assured that it's possible to have an experience that's free of anxiety and pain. This can be accomplished by blocking your sensations of pain with local anesthetics or by giving you medication that can help you relax. Sometimes both are needed to ensure maximum comfort, especially if you are someone for whom the injections that deliver local anesthetics are themselves a major source of anxiety.
When you are afraid of dental treatment, your guard goes up and your pain threshold goes down; anticipating that something will hurt makes you hypersensitive to every sensation — even sound. If this describes your experience in the dental chair, then you might benefit from sedatives that can be given during your visit to make that anxiety melt away.
Before any particular sedative is recommended, you will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any medications you are currently taking — both prescription and over-the-counter. It is also important to know if you smoke or drink. On the day of your treatment, you may need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment as certain medications take time to wear off.
Ways to Relieve Anxiety
Oral Sedation — Oral sedation (given by mouth) is a popular option for many people precisely because it does not require the use of needles. Oral sedatives are either swallowed whole in pill form or can be dissolved under the tongue. Both methods work in a matter of minutes. A variety of oral sedative and anxiolytic (anxiety-dissolving) medications have been developed through extensive research and testing to make your experience of dental treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible. All have long safety records after decades of use, and several even have “amnesic” properties, meaning you will remember little to nothing, even though you are conscious throughout the treatment. Commonly prescribed medications include Valium®, Halcion®, Sonata®, Ativan®, Vistaril®, and Versed®. To learn more, view our chart on Types of Oral SedativesI
IV Conscious Sedation — Dental anxiety ranks among the top fears for American adults. It often stems from negative past experiences, and it can cause patients to avoid dental visits until an emergency strikes. Dr. Gradwell, Dr. Freedman and their team understand your apprehension and your desire for a comfortable dental visit. We offer i.v. sedation to combat dental fear and create a positive experience.
The most important factor in overcoming dental fear is a caring, experienced staff. Every member of The Dental Implant Solution team has experience with dental phobia and knows the importance of compassion and patience – for every patient! A warm, friendly, caring environment is always our goal. We take the time to explain our treatment options, letting you know what to expect and eliminating surprises. This will help calm your nerves before and after your procedure. We want to make every patient feel as if he or she is the only patient in the office.
For those who require a helping hand with their fear of the dentist, oral sedation may be your choice of stress relief. I.V. conscious sedation has helped thousands discover a different kind of dental experience – one without pain, fear, or anxiety. Dr. Gradwell, Dr. Freedman and their team have over a decade of experience with IV Sedation, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving gentle, deliberate care.
Dr. Gradwell is certified by the state of Pennsylvania and trained at Montefiore Medical Center for IV Sedation. It involves a moderate sedative administered directly to the bloodstream. The sedative we use, Versed, has been proven safe and effective for use during dental procedures. During the procedure, you will be conscious, but you will feel extremely relaxed, and you may drift in and out of sleep. With IV Sedation, you can expect to remember few details of the actual procedure, and normal activities can be resumed the day following your treatment.
For the Same Day Teeth replacement surgeries, Dental Implant Solutions of Greater Philadelphia uses an anesthesia service, where a CRNA or MD anesthesiologist manages your surgical experience while you are in a moderate level of sedation. This allows Dr. Gradwell and Dr. Freedman to focus on your surgery, insuring the best outcome. Every safety measure is employed to insure you have a safe and comfortable experience. Simply said, you will go to sleep and wake up with new teeth! Please feel free to call us to answer any additional questions at (215)-695-6666.
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