Sedation Dentistry Options for Complete Patient Comfort
Delany Dental Care is proud to offer a full selection of sedation dentistry options at their Gurnee, IL, practice. Patients undergoing any procedure—from the most minor to the extensive and complicated—can do so with the full confidence that they will be comfortable and relaxed when in the dentist’s chair. Many patients with dental phobia often delay treatment, allowing moderate oral health issues to escalate, making them more difficult to treat. Those who suffer from dental phobia can also comfortably receive the vital dental services that they need with the help of sedation dentistry.
Your Sedation Dentistry Options
At Delany Dental Care, we are committed to delivering the absolute best patient experiences, ensuring that you feel at ease throughout treatment and are satisfied with the outcome of your procedure. To meet the full scope of our patients' relaxation needs, we offer three types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that is administered through a mask worn over the lower portion of your face. This comfortable contraption will continuously provide the precise amount of medication to put you at ease in what is known as a "twilight sleep." This state of relaxation allows you to communicate with your dentist and follow any instructions you may receive.
- Oral sedatives: Oral sedatives are pills that you swallow with water. Depending on the procedure you are receiving, you may be instructed to take the medication the night before treatment, or about 30 minutes to an hour before your procedure. Oral sedatives will make you drowsy, so you should plan on having a loved one drive you to our office as well as drive you home following your procedure.
- IV (Intravenous) Sedation: The most intensive sedation option, IV sedation will be injected into your bloodstream by a certified anesthesiologist, who will continue to monitor the level of sedation throughout your procedure for your safety. Within minutes of receiving IV sedation, you will fall into a very deep state of relaxation. IV sedation takes you to a minimally depressed level of consciousness, relieving stress and anxiety for most patients.
You could benefit from sedation therapy if you:
- Are undergoing an extensive procedure, like dental implants or full mouth reconstruction
- Experience moderate to severe dental anxiety
- Have highly sensitive gums and teeth
- Have a phobia of needles, dental drills, and other oral health instruments
- Have a strong involuntary gag reflex
- Have avoided the dentist for years due to dental phobia
- Do not respond well to traditional numbing techniques
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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
It is understandable that visiting the dentist is not exactly fun. For patients suffering from dental anxiety, a dental appointment is considerably worse, instilling a strong sense of discomfort and nervousness. Many dental phobic patients skip visiting the dentist altogether. However, avoiding dental checkups and treatment can have serious negative consequences on your oral health.
By forgoing your routine cleanings and exams, you put yourself at risk to develop infections that can worsen and spread to other areas of your mouth. Dental issues that are not corrected in a timely manner can have a domino effect, causing teeth to decay or be lost. Eventually, patients could require extensive dental treatment simply to relieve unmanageable pain and to regain their oral function. Extensive treatment like this can quickly add up in costs.
For patients undergoing oral surgeries, like receiving All-on-4 implants, sedation dentistry allows the doctor to work more quickly, equating to less time in surgery and less down time.
Learn More about Your Sedation Options
Delany Dental Care offers a complete spectrum of sedation options as part of their larger commitment to providing patient-oriented care in a stress-free environment. Contact us online today to learn how sedation dentistry can allow you to receive the dental services you need for better oral health. You can also call our office at (847) 623-5530 to speak to a member of our team or to schedule an appointment.