Dental anxiety can be rough. It paralyzes patients from seeing the dentist, taking care of dental problems or prevent them from doing esthetic dentistry to improve their smiles. At the Drs. Boyd in midtown Manhattan, we work with patients to help manage their anxiety but many times patients need something extra for relaxation. This is why we offer our patients the benefit of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves taking a medication to help patients
relax during dental treatment. Not all
forms of sedation are the same. There
are a varying degrees of sedation including mild, moderate, deep and general
anesthesia. Depending on the level of
treatment and the needs of the patient, we tailor the level of sedation.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Many patients require some form of sedation for dental
procedures. Some reasons for dental sedation
include fear of the dentist that does not allow any treatment, severe gag
reflex, a very low pain threshold, extremely sensitive teeth or an extensive
amount of dental work needed. We need to
complete a thorough review of your medical history and current medications to
determine what form of dental sedation is possible and safe.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
One of the most common dental sedatives is nitrous oxide
also known as laughing gas. A patient
wears a nasal mask and breaths in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide to
achieve a mild relaxion. One of the best
aspects of laughing gas is that it works really fast and wears off really
fast. This means that you will not have
a recovery after the procedure and you will be able to leave on your own. Many patients use nitrous oxide with
cleanings and other minor and major dental procedures.
This type of sedation can vary from mild to moderate
depending on the dosage of the drug used.
The drugs most commonly used for this type of sedation are Valium,
Ativan or Xanax. Taking one of these
pills will make you relaxed and a little drowsy. We generally have patients take one pill the
night before to ensure a good sleep and one the next day an hour before their
scheduled appointment. These drugs are
the most commonly recognized methods of sedation dentistry. We recommend that someone is available to
escort you home after your appointment.
When a patient requires a deeper and more profound form of
sedation, we opt for IV sedation. We
work with a dental anesthesiologist that administers IV drugs to achieve deep
relaxation in a safe environment for our patients. We can administer drugs that will range from
moderate to deep sedation. Patients will
need a period of recovery after the drugs wear off or are reversed. For IV sedation, we require an escort home
from your appointment.
Regardless of the severity of your dental phobias, the Drs.
Boyd have a solution for you. We can
discuss the best form of treatment for your needs so that you have a great
dental experience. Contact us at (212)
755-9055 to find out more information on sedation dentistry.
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Let’s face it, the dentist office is not the first place people tend to want to go. Most dental procedures are not painful but even just examining someone’s teeth can cause a level of anxiety. Dental fear and dental anxiety is a problem that faces as many as 20% of Americans. Unfortunately the problem often snowballs, the less people go (or never at all) the worse and more serious any potential problems will tend to be. This is why at Drs. Boyd we take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and we take away their anxiety. Here we will discuss what brings about dental phobia and how we can deal with it!
What Causes Fear of the Dentist?
There are many different reasons that people feel stressed
at the dental office. Some of the
reasons are fear of pain, fear of injection or the injection won’t anesthetize
the area. Many people also have a
feeling of being helpless and a loss of personal space. Some people feel embarrassed if they have
problems because of the social stigma behind unhealthy teeth. Regardless of the reason the Drs. Boyd have
many ways to manage dental phobias and make for a comfortable, pleasant
Pain is Not Relative
Pain is a huge factor in dental anxiety and not everyone
experiences pain the same way. Some things
that seem like nothing to one person can be severe for another. There are a number of different factors that
impact how someone perceives pain. For example, people with red hair have a
greater pain experience than people without red hair. What matters?
If you feel pain, we believe you and we will do what we have to so that
you don’t! The days of the dentist
making you suffer through a procedure or saying its not so bad are GONE.
Talk About It!
Bringing dental anxiety out into the open is a great way to alleviate
most of your stress. Even on your first
call to our office, bring it up to our team. It is important to discuss with Dr. Boyd what about
dentistry makes you nervous. This brings
the fear out into the open and we can begin to discuss how we will manage it! Having an open dialog with your dentist will
also establish trust. Something we hold
in high regard.
Breathing and relaxation techniques can be an excellent way
to relieve stress and anxiety. Inhale
slowly and deep through your nose. While
doing this make sure to keep your muscles relaxed. Exhale through your mouth slowly while again
keeping everything relaxed. Another
trick is to focus breathing through your belly.
Breath in and expand your abdomen while keeping your chest relatively
still. Also having an equal time
inhaling and exhaling, helps focus your breathing and increase oxygen.
When we need a little more, the Drs. Boyd have other methods such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many people but the Drs. Boyd can manage it and make your experience a comfortable and relaxing one!
Call us at (212)755-9055 to schedule your visit with us.