Dental phobia is common. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that 40 million Americans avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety. If you’ve put off dental care because of apprehension, we want you to know that Dr. Oser has a solution. He offers safe, effective sedation methods to eliminate anxiety and help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile that you deserve.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to ease the fearful feelings that some patients experience when faced with dental procedures or even just thinking about a visit to the dentist. Dr. Oser will discuss your concerns and review your medical history and current medications to determine the appropriate sedation method to help you approach dental visits with confidence. The drugs used are safe, widely prescribed, and proven effective. Dr. Oser offers nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, and IV Sedation.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Sedation is an option for almost anyone who seeks a stress-free dental care experience. It’s also a good choice for patients with limited time to complete dental procedures and for people with physical limitations that prevent them from sitting in one position for long periods of time. In addition, if you have a sensitive gag reflex or experience difficulty getting numb, sedation dentistry may be a good choice for you.
What happens at my appointment?
If you choose nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas), you’ll breathe the soothing gas through a nasal mask during your treatments. Nitrous oxide alleviates anxiety and eliminates potential discomfort. The effects diminish rapidly once the mask is removed, so you can resume normal activities immediately.
With conscious sedation, Dr. Oser will give you a sedative to take prior to your appointment. You’ll begin to feel drowsy almost immediately, so please have a friend or family member take you to and from your appointment. After you enter a state of complete mental and physical relaxation, Dr. Oser will perform your dental work and may complete many procedures in single visit. You’ll be able to converse with our team during your treatments, and we’ll monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. Conscious sedation wears off gradually and leaves patients with no memory of treatment details. Most patients get back to their routines the evening following their sedation dentistry appointment.
IV sedation is an ideal solution for patients with moderate to severe dental phobia, as well as those needing multiple procedures in one visit. Dr. Oser works with a certified anesthesiologist who comes to our Keller office to administer your sedation. We monitor your comfort level and adjust the dosage you receive accordingly. With IV sedation, you can essentially sleep through your appointment and awake with a beautifully restored smile.
Call Dr. Oser’s office at (817) 431-5514 today to schedule your private consultation. We provide leading-edge dentistry and personalized service that will exceed your expectations. Our Keller office serves Southlake, North Richland Hills, Grapevine, Haslet, and the surrounding areas.