If your idea of going to the dentist should be relaxing and not anxiety provoking, then sedation dentistry might be of interest to you. We at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond have been providing all levels of sedation dentistry, also known as pain free dentistry, for over 25 years.
As a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesia, sedation dentist Dr. Straus dedicates significant effort and time to stay current in the field of sedation dentistry. From nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to IV sedation, we try to keep you stress and pain free. Please contact us for a free sedation dentistry consultation to explore the level of sedation that will make your visit to the sedation dentist as comfortable as you would like it.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
If you have dental anxiety or the idea of going to the dentist makes you want to avoid the topic altogether, you might ask yourself, “what is sedation dentistry?” You may also wonder what a sedation dentist does. We administer several different types of pain free dentistry at our office and will partner with you to decide which treatment is best for you.
If you need just a little relaxation or minimal sedation, then nitrous oxide, the most frequently used form of sedation dentistry, may be all you need. Nitrous oxide has several advantages: quick onset and recovery, safety, and no need for a driver are benefits that might make this level of sedation dentistry right for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Using larger doses of medication taken orally, OCS is a sedation dentistry treatment that is a benefit for those patients who have have a high gag reflex, anxiety, or just want to be calmer during their treatment.
Another form of minimal sedation is anxiolysis, which uses a low dose of an oral sedative in conjunction with nitrous oxide to help keep you relaxed and comfortable during your visit.
The sedatives and anesthetics are given intravenously (IV). Since the effects are so rapid by this means of administration, you can be given the correct amounts of medications to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. Also, if more medications are needed during the procedure, the IV allows for easy administration of more medications.
Contact Us Today
If you suffer from any kind of dental anxiety, finding a sedation dentist is your best plan. Call today and let’s discuss how we can be your sedation dentist for life!