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Relax with Sedation Dentistry Near Ephrata

If you are afraid of spiders, snakes, or heights, the solution is simple — stay away from the things that scare you. However, for patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety, that isn’t an option. Your oral health is important and delaying necessary treatment will most likely lead to more discomfort and complications later on.

We take an empathetic approach to helping folks in our community who suffer from dentophobia, and we would like to help you face your fears and adopt a positive view of dentistry. When you visit our office, we will work to get to know you and discuss your needs and concerns. Then, it is possible that we might recommend that you take advantage of sedation dentistry, a service that we offer at Mor Smiles, our practice in Lititz.

Sedation dentistry has the power to wipe away your anxiety and help you relax during your treatment. There are three main types of sedation that may be appropriate for you:

Nitrous Oxide

dental patient with nitrous oxideNitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a simple form of sedation that is safe for patients of all ages. You simply breathe in the gas through a special nasal mask, and almost immediately a sense of calm will come over you. It will be easy for the doctor to adjust the level of gas throughout your procedure so you stay relaxed regardless of what is going on in your mouth.

Another great thing about nitrous oxide is that it wears off quickly. Once your appointment is over, you’ll be able to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities.

Oral Conscious Sedation

thumbs up from dental patientWith oral conscious sedation, you take a pill about an hour before your appointment. The drug reduces activity in the parts of your brain that control fear and anxiety, so you will be comfortable during your treatment. However, you will still be awake during the procedure so you will be able to respond to any questions or comments that the doctor has for you.

Because oral conscious sedation uses a powerful drug, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment so you stay safe on the road. The effects of the medication will most likely wear off several hours after your procedure, and when it’s out of your system, you may not remember your experience in the dental office at all.

IV Sedation

IV sedation delivers a sedative intravenously and produces a very powerful calming effect. You will be in a sort of “twilight sleep,” so even though you may feel that you’re unconscious, you will still be aware of your surroundings and able to respond to the doctor. The dentist will be able to adjust your level of sedation throughout your treatment as necessary.

We may recommend IV sedation if you need to have several procedures done during a single appointment (such as a routine cleaning followed by a root canal). It will help you relax for hours without any discomfort or fear. However, keep in mind that you will need a friend or family member to drive you home and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day. By the following morning, you may feel up to resuming your normal activities.