If you are fearful of the dentist, you are like the one in three Americans who have some kind of dental phobia. Sedation dentist Dr. Ashley Price and the entire staff at Price & Associates Family Dentistry understand your fears. They have built a practice dedicated to helping patients overcome their anxiety. And they want you to know how they will help you resolve both your dental issues and your fears, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with receiving regular dental care.
A Sedation Dentist with a Helpful Approach
For many patients, fear of dental treatment arises from a previous traumatic experience at the dentist. Dr. Price’s solution is to care for you with gentle understanding and respect in a supportive atmosphere where you can receive the appropriate level of sedation and experience pain-free dentistry.
Some patients report having had a dentist begin to work on them before they were completely numb. If this has happened to you, you know that it can be a traumatic experience. That won’t happen with Dr. Price. Often patients who have had experiences like that will be afraid to return to the dentist, which leads to neglect and serious dental problems. If this has happened to you, rest assured that you will not be judged here. Instead, we only want to help you overcome these traumatic memories.
Dr. Price Offers Three Levels of Sedation
Light sedation is provided using nitrous oxide, a gas that is breathed in through your nose with a mix of oxygen. It not only helps you relax but it strengthens the local anesthetic, helping you become fully numb more easily. It also makes it so the local anesthetic injection can be administered without any anxiety or discomfort. After your treatment is complete, we give you pure oxygen for a couple of minutes, which completely flushes the nitrous oxide from your system. With the effects completely gone, you can drive and return to other activities immediately after your visit.
Dr. Price is also licensed to provide oral conscious sedation. If you prefer a deeper level of sedation, we will give you with a medication you can take before your appointment. You will be awake and aware of your surroundings, and you will be able to respond to requests, but you will not remember the details of your appointment. You will also want to have someone drive you to and from your dental visit, because it will not be safe for you to drive.
In addition, Dr. Price employs the services of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA who specializes in the safe administration of anesthesia. This nurse can provide you with intravenous, or IV, sedation that will ensure that you can still respond but leave you with no memory of your treatment. Here again, you will want to have someone to drive you home from your appointment, as the effects of the sedation will leave you feeling sleepy and relaxed.
Feel free to call our office for a full exam, during which we can discuss treatment options and sedation levels that will work for you. If you’d rather meet Dr. Price and the staff and have a chance to feel comfortable and safe before you commit to a full exam, we’ll happily schedule you for a brief complimentary consultation.