If you experience strong feelings of anxiety, despair, or fear when faced with an upcoming dental appointment, our team at Meriden Dental Group wants you to know that you’re not alone. In fact, over 70% of the population has reported experiencing some level of dental phobia. Here in Meriden, we do everything in our power to help create a friendly, relaxing, and low-stress environment for patients of all ages, but our dentists understand that sometimes, that might not be enough. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry. These methods can help you receive the oral health care your smile needs to thrive in a way that’s comfortable and worry-free.
Here are some common characteristics of patients who could benefit from some form of sedation dentistry:
Of course, everyone is different. Please contact our Meriden, CT office before any scheduled treatment to discuss the possibility of sedation dentistry in regards to your needs and concerns. Our dentists and staff members are happy to do whatever it takes to ensure that you feel safe and relaxed at all times when you’re under our care.
Types of sedation dentistry include:
Also commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is usually recommended to patients who experience mild to moderate dental anxiety. We administer it through a mask that fits over the nose, making the dosage level easy to change should there be any discomfort. Nitrous oxide typically induces feelings of strong contentment, warmth, and even euphoria. Plus, one of the biggest perks is that once the mask is removed, the effects wear off in a matter of minutes, meaning that you can drive yourself home afterwards. Patients with busy schedules who can’t sacrifice an entire day for dental care will find that this is the ideal option for their situation.
Of course, patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety may need stronger sedation. Oral and IV sedation work in similar ways – they both create such a deep level of relaxation for the patient that it’s similar to a waking sleep. While you’ll be able to respond to commands and questions from your Meriden dentist, you won’t really be aware of the treatment itself. In fact, most patients who experience this level of sedation don’t even remember their appointment after it’s over!
Like the names imply, oral conscious sedation comes in the form of medication, while IV sedation is delivered intravenously. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home following your appointment, as well as someone to keep an eye on you for the rest of the day as you recover.
Contact Meriden Dental Group today to learn more about sedation dentistry or if you’d like to schedule an appointment. Our care is always comprehensive, comfortable, and infused with exceptional quality. We welcome patients of all ages to our Meriden, CT location.