Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fear of the Dentist?

Do you have a fear of the dentist? Sedation may be for you.  “At Paducah Dental Care we want our patients to have the best dental experience possible which is why we offer FREE sedation,” states Dr. William Walden.   

Adults who have these symptoms when visiting the dentist may benefit from sedation:
High fear of visiting the dentist
Past traumatic dental experience that has caused fear
Complications or difficulty numbing your mouth
Easily gagging
Highly sensitive teeth
Complex dental issues that require lengthy appointments
Disliking of needles, shots, and the atmosphere associated with a dental office
Afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

What Will I Feel?
You will not feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment. You will receive just enough sedation that you will be completely unaware of the treatment and feel like you are asleep. You may remember very little of the treatment, but most patients remember nothing of their visit.

Is Sedation Safe?
Yes! We will review your medical history before starting a treatment and monitor you closely while under sedation. Though many patients feel fine after the treatment, we require that you have someone drive you home.

What Medication is Used in Sedation?
We have two sedation options: Oral sedation and IV sedation.

Oral Sedation 
We will prescribe you a pill to take one hour before your appointment. We require that you have someone drop you off and take you home after your appointment. Once you arrive at our office, you will be awake, but feel very relaxed. Your vital signs will be monitored during your appointment, and you will feel fine by the end of your visit. We advise you not to operate a vehicle 24 hours after receiving sedation and take the rest of the day off from work to rest and relax.

IV Sedation 
We recommend you do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before your appointment. Before your appointment, we will ask you several health questions, such as your health history and any medication you are currently taking. We will ensure that the sedation will not interact with your medications and if necessary, we will consult with your physician.

Once you arrive, you will be given sedation through a very small needle inserted into a vein in your hand or arm. This sedation works very quickly. We will monitor your vital signs during your entire appointment. The advantage of IV sedation is that your dentist can control the amount of medicine given and decrease or increase your comfort as needed. You will be very relaxed during your appointment and will remember very little or nothing at all. The sedation begins to wear off quickly and most patients are alert once the medication is stopped. We require that someone drive you home and advise you not to drive a vehicle for 24 hours after given IV sedation.

                                                Visit Paducah Dental Care to learn more! 

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