Do you avoid the dentist? Are you nervous? Scared? You are not alone. At All American Dental, we recognize that many patients have anxiety when visiting the dental office. This is very common. If you have dental-related anxiety you do not have to avoid obtaining proper care for your teeth.
Sedation dentistry can be used for any dental procedure from a simple dental cleaning to more complex procedures. Dr. Wietholder has a great deal of experience working with anxious patients both with and without the use of sedative agents.
Often anxious patients can have their fears calmed by talking with Dr. Wietholder about the proposed procedure. Should additional measures be required to complete treatment, oral sedation and/or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be used. These methods have a long, proven history of safely reducing anxiety in patients. If needed, both methods can be used at the same time.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
The medication typically used in our office is Triazolam (Halcion) taken one hour prior to your appointment. This medication can greatly minimize anxiety that may be associated with going to the dentist by making you groggy and less aware of what is going on around you. In a relaxed state, you will still be able to talk to Dr. Wietholder while treatment is being performed, but your words may be slurred and you may not remember much about the procedure.
Even though it is safe and effective, you should be aware of some important precautions and considerations. If, after your consultation, Dr. Wietholder chooses to prescribe Triazolam for your visit, a driver will be required to escort you to the appointment and back home. Also, you will not be able eat or drink five hours prior to your appointment and you will likely be groggy for a few hours after your appointment.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Laughing gas is administered at the dental office through a small nose mask during your procedure. Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen through the mask. Dr. Wietholder and his staff can control the amount received.
Like oral sedation, it reduces your anxiety making you relaxed, but there are a couple of notable differences. Laughing gas acts quickly and also allows you to recover quickly from its effects once it is removed. This allows you to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Also, you will not be groggy after your appointment. The effects from laughing gas are usually not as strong as with oral sedation.
Laughing gas can be used together with oral sedation to produce a more relaxed state.
If you are ready to relax in the dental chair give All American Dental in Columbia, MO a call at 573-449-1918. We are ready to serve you.