Feeling anxious when you make a trip to the dentist is to be expected. It is normal to have a little anxiety when facing something different or unknown. It is when that anxiety gets to unmanageable proportions that you may need help. If you have been avoiding dental treatments due to anxiety, we invite you to visit Southern Dental Group of Bald Knob. We have a calm, inviting atmosphere where you can feel relaxed and serene. We also provide sedation for our patients who need help to relax and feel at ease.
Patients who are overly anxious may choose oral conscious sedation. This method of sedation provides you with a feeling of serenity and well-being while undergoing dental procedures. It does not put you to sleep, although some people relax to the point of dozing off. When choosing this type of sedation, you must have someone available to take you home when your procedure is over. Oral conscious sedation will leave you feeling groggy for a short time until its full effects wear off. It is inadvisable to drive a car or operate machinery after this type of sedation.
We also provide nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to our patients who need help to feel calm. This is also the best sedation for children who may require help to relax. It is common for some patients to fall asleep because of the relaxing feeling that nitrous oxide induces. Unlike oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide does not have any lasting effects. Once the procedure is finished, your system will be flushed with oxygen and you will feel back to normal in a matter of minutes.
Patients in need of sedation must provide a complete health history and a list of all medications and supplements they are currently taking. We take precautionary measures to ensure that your sedation will be safe and effective. Make sure you have someone to accompany you home if you are choosing oral conscious sedation as your option. We want to ensure that all our patients have a safe and relaxing experience when they come to Southern Dental Group of Bald Knob. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family.