At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we know that some patients become nervous when the time comes for another dentist appointment. And that’s why we offer sedation dentistry. We want to be sure that they get the dental care they need.
Millions of people across the United States cope with dental anxiety. In some people, it is so bad they skip the dentist altogether. That puts their dental health at risk.
Sedation dentistry relaxes you, so that you’ll feel at ease during your procedure. We use it in addition to the local anesthesia that numbs your teeth and gums as we work on them.
We have two types of sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous has been used in dentistry with great success for more than one hundred years. Commonly known as laughing gas, it is safe and effective. It does not put you to sleep. It does put you in a calm and comfortable state of mind. Some people call it euphoric. It acts quickly and wears off quickly. You do not need a ride to and from our office.
- Oral Conscious Sedation. This involves taking a sedative an hour or so before your appointment. You won’t sleep, but you’ll be in a deeply relaxed state. Many patients slur when they speak. It also has an amnesic effect. While most patients are able to answer simple questions, you may not remember much of the procedure afterward. You will need an escort to drive you to and from our office.
If you’re among the millions of people inclined to skip the dentist due to anxiety or fear, call us at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham. Sedation dentistry may be just what you need. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment today!
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