The words fear and anxiety are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference. But they go hand in hand for some people when planning a visit to the dentist. If you’re looking for someone who will give your fears and anxieties the same diagnostic attention as your cavities, you might want to consider relaxation dentistry in Michigan City.
Following is information regarding various forms of relaxation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas“ is one of the safest forms of sedation available and can take the anxiety out of most routine dental procedures, including cleanings. Non-allergenic and non-irritating, most patients feel the beginning effects within minutes and these same effects are completely reversed within about 5 minutes after the gas has been turned off. This total reversal allows you to safely drive home or go to work right after your appointment!
Practically everyone can tolerate nitrous oxide treatment. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety. The gas also tends to decrease gag reflexes and saliva flow. Most importantly, you will enjoy a feeling of relaxation.
During relaxation dentistry in Michigan City, the gas is administered through a simple rubber hood that rests on your nose providing a feeling of numbness, security, and warmth. If you are known to be claustrophobic, this might not be the best option for you.
At or near the end of your treatment, we will provide you with 100% oxygen so you will feel completely normal within 5-10 minutes. At that point, you are ready to carry on with your life.
Oral Sedation or Sleep Dentistry utilizes the oldest of all courses of drug administration, the mouth. Safe, economical, and convenient, oral sedation when properly used can deliver a deeper relaxation state than nitrous and provide some amnesic effects.
If you suffer more from the thought of coming in than actually being here, this may be the choice for you. After an initial consultation to determine if you need anxiety relief or just need to complete extensive treatment in one visit, we will take baseline vital signs and write a prescription for medication that will be taken about an hour before your dental appointment, so you will be relaxed before we start.
Although awake, you will feel relaxed and drowsy. During your entire treatment, we will monitor your pulse, oxygen saturation rate, and your blood pressure with state of the art patient monitors. The same medication we use for relaxation dentistry in Michigan City can also be given to you the night before to help you sleep.
Don’t let anxiety prevent you from having the confident smile or healthy mouth you have always wanted. Take the time to come in and meet us so we can decide together what is best for you. If you would like a first appointment to simply talk about your anxieties and fears, we will do that and no dental exam will be performed.
Whether you need a lot of work done and have avoided it because of anxiety, fear or embarrassment, or just require a higher level of care, our expert staff sees patients of all ages and customizes each treatment plan exclusively to that patient.
To learn more about relaxation dentistry in Michigan City and find out if you are an ideal candidate, contact our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.