Many people suffer from dental fear and anxiety that may prevent them from visiting the dentist. Avoiding the dentist can eventually result in complex dental problems associated with poor oral health. Our Hoffman Estates dental office is uniquely designed with patient comfort in mind. Sedation dentistry can be a stress-free way to maintain your oral health and improve your smile. Because this solution is virtually painless, it allows for dental work that could have been anxiety-inducing otherwise.
Dr. Dhara Patel is trained in sedation dentistry and provides nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to patients of all ages.
Sedation dentistry can offer many benefits to patients who want to feel relaxed during treatment. Sedation dentistry:
- Can provide pain-free dental care
- Can provide anxiety-relief
- Allows dentists to work faster
- Reduces the gag reflex
- Can cause anterograde amnesia (the patient doesn’t remember the surgery)
Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients with the following conditions:
- Patients with dental fear or anxiety
- Those with a poor gag reflex
- Patients with a low tolerance for pain
- Those who need multiple dental treatments in one visit
- Patients with disabilities or movement disorder
- Special needs patients
- Those who have a phobia of needles, blood, or loud noises
Sedation Dentistry Treatments
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. This solution takes effect quickly and allows patients to remain fully conscious during their dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is also used in conjunction with other types of sedation. Nitrous oxide calms and relaxes patients and ensures that dental care is pain-free. Oral conscious sedation uses sedatives taken before a procedure to calm a patient down. Like nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation is pain-free and safe for patients.
IV Sedation at the dentist
Dr. Patel can coordinate in-office IV sedation when necessary for patients. IV sedation is a general form of anesthesia requiring a licensed anesthetist to administer and monitor the patient. Dr. Patel will discuss your medical history to ensure a safe experience. With general IV sedation, patients are “asleep” and not aware of or responsive to their surroundings.
How long does it take for oral sedation to work?
You may be sedated for as little as 15 to 30 minutes or several hours for more extensive surgeries.
Can you drive after a sedation procedure?
Nitrous oxide gas tends to wear off quickly and is the only form of sedation where you can drive yourself home after a procedure is finished.
Do you offer sedation for anxious children and teens?
Dr. Patel works with all patients who experience dental anxiety on an individual basis to ensure safe and effective dental care delivered in a compassionate manner. Young patients may be offered nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as needed.
What effect does nitrous oxide have on the body?
Nitrous oxide slows down your brain and your body’s responses. You may feel euphoria, relaxation, and calmness. You may also feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs.
Receive Relaxing Care Today
Call Best Dental Spa for anxiety and pain-free dental care at 847.660.6603. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Patel online.