Some people are afraid of Dr. Devlin. Yes, he was a linebacker at Penn State University and then played four seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals—but that’s not it. Some people are simply afraid of visiting the dentist, so Dr. Devlin understands when people don’t want to come see him. However, he also knows that these are the same people who really do need to see a dentist, because their oral health has probably been neglected for too long. If you count yourself among people who have dental anxiety, then schedule a visit with Dr. Devlin, the sedation dentist State College residents rely on for comforting and compassionate care.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Simply put, sedation dentistry uses sedative medications to help patients relax enough to have the dental procedures they need. A member of The Society of Dental Anesthesiology, Dr. Devlin is well-qualified to administer two types of sedation dentistry: oral conscious sedation and IV dental sedation State College residents rely for relaxed dental care. You and Dr. Devlin will determine which type of sedation is best for you depending on your level of anxiety and the type and number of dental procedures you require.
Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Devlin prescribes a mild anti-anxiety pill for you take about one to two hours before your appointment. After taking this medication, you won’t be able to drive, so you’ll need to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you to your appointment. When you arrive, the sedative will already be at work, helping you to feel calmer. If necessary, we can also give you nitrous oxide—laughing gas—during your procedure to enhance the effects of the oral sedative.
IV Dental Sedation
As the name implies, IV dental sedation necessitates administering a sedative intravenously. This type of sedation is ideal for patients with extreme dental anxiety or fear and people with a sensitive gag reflex, symptoms of TMJ or any neuromuscular disorder that prevents them from comfortably sitting in a dentist’s chair for a long period of time.
Whether you are having oral conscious sedation or IV dental sedation, your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate are carefully monitored. After your treatment, we’ll continue to monitor your recovery until we are certain that you’re safely able to leave with your family member or friend.
Contact Your Sedation Dentist Today
If you or someone you love is long overdue for dental care, then please call our office to discuss sedation dentistry. Dr. Devlin and his staff in State College, PA, will work with you to ensure your comfort, safety and confidence.