The American Dental Association recommends everyone visits their dentist twice a year for preventive care; however, this is not always easy. When you live with dental fears, even the simplest of dental appointments can cause you a great deal of anxiety. As a result, you can delay dental care due to your discomfort. In fact, as much as 15% of Americans do not see their dentist regularly due to dental phobias. Dr. Chris Devlin understands your hesitation but does not want to see you put your dental care on hold. As a sedation dentist in State College, he offers multiple types of sedation to help you relax and enjoy your time at the dentist.
Benefit from Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is helpful for an array of purposes. Most often, those who have dental phobias choose sedation during their appointments to help them relax. With the use of sedation, your worries and fears will fade away to the point you may even fall asleep. You will not be aware of sights, sounds, and smells while feeling no discomfort so you have nothing to worry about while at your appointment.
Sedation can also be used for patients who have other unique needs, such as those who have strong gag reflexes or cannot lay in one position for too long. Often, sedation is recommended for patients who need lengthy or invasive procedures to help ensure comfort during the procedure.
After performing an initial consultation. Dr. Devlin will choose a type of sedation to use during your appointment. He offers a couple of different options to help you relax during your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a prescribed oral medication that can be combined with nitrous oxide to ensure your comfort. You will take the medication prior to coming in for your appointment. By the time you arrive, you will be completely relaxed. You will not feel any pain or discomfort. Within a few hours after your procedure, the effects of the medication will wear off. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as well as stay with you until the effects of the medication subside.
IV sedation delivers a sedative through an IV. This form of sedation provides Dr. Devlin with greater control of the medication, allowing him to customize the amount you receive to your individual comfort level. Within a few minutes of the medication being administered, you will begin to feel a bit groggy. You will fall asleep but can easily be awaken after your procedure. You will need to rest for the remainder of the day and will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. It is best to have a loved one stay with you for a few hours after your appointment.
Your Sedation Dentist
Your safety is important to Dr. Devlin. When sedation is used, our team will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. If you are ready to enjoy your time at the dentist, it is time to contact our office to learn more about sedation dentistry.