While it may be common knowledge that an annual check-up with the dentist and cleanings no less than every six months is the most effective way to maintain our oral health, our team at Price & Associates Family Dentistry recognizes that this is not possible for everyone. We understand that for some, the thought of going to the dentist is too overwhelming. Not only are unhealthy gums and teeth a consequence of this, but, most alarming and perhaps unrecognized, a compromise to your general health results (as we are discovering more and more about the link between oral health and serious and compromising medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and pre-term and low birth weight pregnancy).
We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our patients and aim to make them feel that their unique needs, desires, concerns and fears are met with empathy and are understood by our doctors and team in a conscientious manner. However, we have found that we may not be able to reach every patient wanting to receive dental care because of past painful experiences preventing them from seeking these services. For us, we have expanded our services to include oral sedation dentistry to meet this challenge.
Oral sedation dentistry is an approach that involves providing dental care to patients under the use of certain medicines that can make receiving dental care more emotionally manageable. There are several varying degrees of sedation that are available for our use. It is safe, predictable and does not require you to be "put to sleep". After a time has been scheduled to meet with our doctors and team and to show you our office, a discussion of the most appropriate treatment can shortly follow. Before very long, you can be on your way to receiving the care you have long been seeking.
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you breathe through your nose to achieve light to moderate sedation. Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It is safe and its effects can be reversed in just a few minutes.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide:
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide:
- Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
- You may want to ask your dentist for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.
- You do not want to use Nitrous Oxide if you are or suspect you are pregnant.