As dental professionals, we know as well as anyone that many people aren’t exactly fans of going to the dentist! In fact, some are downright terrified and avoid basic care for years on end. At 333 Dental Care, we strive to create a comfortable and welcoming environment where absolutely every patient can relax, which is why we offer sedation dentistry. If fear and anxiety have kept you from taking care of your smile, the treatments listed below might be just what you need to finally enjoy peace of mind at the dentist. To learn more about your sedation options with us, give us a call.
Sedation Dentistry – Mangum, OK
No More Stress at the Dentist’s Office
Why Choose Us for Sedation Dentistry?
- Sedation available for any procedure
- Warm, friendly, & experienced team
- Faith-based approach to dental care
Oral Conscious Sedation
If just the thought of going to the dentist is enough to make a chill shoot up your spine, then oral conscious sedation might be a great fit for you. Dr. Lively will prescribe you a pill to take the day of your visit, and it will help you feel physically and mentally relaxed for your entire appointment. You’ll remain awake and able to respond to simple commands, but time will seem to go by in a flash, and you likely won’t be able to remember much of your visit afterward (which is ideal for some patients).
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
For a tried-and-true sedation approach, consider nitrous oxide in Mangum. We at 333 Dental Care use this “laughing gas” to ease patient fears and worries. It’s also reliable, as most dentists who employ sedatives use nitrous oxide sedation. That said, you may want to know more about this service before you commit. Therefore, listed below are some common patient questions about it. Please read them over to get a better feel for this option. Otherwise, just call Dr. Carmen’s office or book a visit for more details!
Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
In general, most dental patients can qualify for nitrous oxide sedation. The service does benefit some patients more than others, though. In particular, it can really help those who have:
- A fear or phobia of needles
- Difficulty sitting comfortably in the treatment chair
- Moderate dental sensitivity
- A strong gag reflex
- Anxiety, stress, or overstimulation at the dentist’s office
- Resistance toward numbing agents
At the same time, there are exceptions where nitrous oxide isn’t a good choice. For instance, patients who’re pregnant, have sinus congestion, or take certain medications might face side effects. Therefore, discuss such things with Dr. Carmen when considering sedation.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Nitrous oxide sedation is pretty straightforward; the process follows just a few simple steps.
First, our team will fit you with a nose mask during your in-office visit. That way, you’ll inhale the gas quickly and feel its effects throughout treatment. To ensure your safety, we’ll also watch your vitals once the nitrous starts flowing.
After a minute or two of inhaling it, you’ll start to feel the gas’ effects. Some patients report that it causes light-headedness, while others say it makes their arms and legs feel heavy. Whatever the case, you should feel calm and comfortable. The gas will also leave you lucid enough to respond to Dr. Carmen’s requests or directions.
Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide usually doesn’t involve much aftercare. In fact, one of the gas’ benefits is that its effects don’t linger. Still, you should wait a few minutes after treatment to feel like your usual self. (Driving wouldn’t be safe if you didn’t.) When you’ve done so, though, you can return to work, school, or your other daily tasks.
Of course, Dr. Carmen may have treatment-specific recovery instructions for you. If so, remember to follow them so your visit is effective. Your teeth will thank you in the long run!