At Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center in Provo, UT, we know just how debilitating it can be to suffer from dental anxiety – whether you’re facing a complex restorative procedure or just a simple trip to the dental office. With over a decade of experience and years of elite-level training at some of the most advanced dental facilities in the world, acclaimed periodontist Dr. Jason Nicholson is well-versed in powerful sedation dentistry options that make even the most complex procedures simple, straightforward, and largely pain-free.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option for patients who experience anxiety or fear during dental procedures. Dental anesthesia provides a deep level of sedation, ensuring a comfortable and worry-free dental experience. At Sundance Implant & Periodontal Center, we offer customized sedation dentistry options that are tailored to each patient’s specific dental needs and anxieties, ensuring maximum safety and comfort during the procedure. Avoiding the dentist due to dental anxiety can have negative consequences on one’s oral health, and delaying dental care can lead to the worsening of dental issues, resulting in more extensive and expensive treatments. Cavities can grow deeper, leading to toothaches, infections, and even tooth loss.
Similarly, gum disease can progress and cause bone loss, loose teeth, and ultimately, tooth loss. In addition to oral health problems, delaying dental care can also increase the risk of developing other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By choosing sedation dentistry, patients can relax and receive the dental care they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile and improve their overall health and well-being.
As the most powerful type of sedation dentistry, this form of dental anesthesia is typically administered by a medical doctor. Many patients undergoing complex invasive procedures at Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center qualify for full general anesthesia.
Oral sedation is consumed by mouth and is generally given an hour before a patient’s visit to our office. One of the most common applications for this type of dental anesthesia is to allow patients to experience decreased dental fear and anxiety during their office visits. A wide range of effects can be produced depending on what type of sedation is used, and at what strength Dr. Nicholson prescribes the medication.
Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a type of sedation that is administered through a mask immediately prior to a patient’s treatment. Nitrous sedation allows patients to remain alert and awake during their procedure but maintain relaxation over the course of their time in the chair. The effects of laughing gas wear off quickly, meaning patients can typically drive themselves home once their treatment is complete.
This type of sedation dentistry is administered intravenously and puts patients into a deep, sedative sleep-like state. However, you will remain awake over the course of your treatment. Conscious IV sedation often produces temporary amnesic effects, meaning you may not even remember sitting in the chair during your operation. Since IV sedation generally produces lasting effects, it is recommended that patients arrange transportation to and from our Provo, UT, office.
If you’re one of the millions of people that suffer from intense dental fear and anxiety, you’re not alone. However, if you need serious oral health treatment, it’s imperative you receive the care and attention you need. If left untreated, even minor cases of oral disease and inflammation can lead to serious health complications – including potentially life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. For the most comprehensive sedation anesthesia near you, be sure to call or stop by Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center, right here in Provo, UT. Our welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff are here to provide you with an elite level of care, and we will ensure a smooth, comfortable, seamless treatment that is as fast, efficient, and pain-free as possible.
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