- April 15, 2018
Your oral health is incredibly important.
Decades of research has found connections between oral health and a number of other health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and heart disease, just to name a few things.
And keeping your mouth health is easy (at least in theory).
Eat a healthy, balanced diet, and try to avoid eating too many sweets.
Brush your teeth twice a day.
And visit the dentist for professional cleanings a couple times each year.
Simple, right? Not if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from dental anxiety.
We do have some news that may help if you are one of those millions of people. At Brandon Family Dental, we offer sedation dentistry for our patients in and near Ortonville, MI.
With multiple sedation options, we can find the one that can help make dental visits less stressful and, dare we say, even relaxing for you.
To learn more, call us at (248) 469-0218 or keep reading.
Why You Should Consider Sedation
Dental sedation is not new. Dentists have been using laughing gas for more than 150 years.
Today, we have a much better understanding of how to administer it, and we have other sedation options, too. Few dentist offices offer the variety of options that we do at Brandon Family Dental, however.
Before we discuss the different kinds of sedation, we first want to mention some benefits that they share.
First and foremost, they will help you feel relaxed. People tend to feel tense and stressed when they are anxious about dental care. Sedation can ease your mind so you can relax your muscles as well.
Second, sedation will prevent you from feeling any pain. This is one of the most common reasons that people are afraid of dental care. This may be because of a bad experience when you were younger, a story someone else told you about their own bad experience, or something you saw in a movie or a television show.
Please know that we use modern dental techniques to minimize and eliminate pain during our treatment already. Sedation provides added assurance that they will remain pain-free when they receive care from us.
Third, sedation will stop you from gagging. For patients with a sensitive gag reflex, dental visits can seem intimidating. With sedation, you can let go of that worry.
Our Sedation Options
As we noted earlier, our variety of sedation options are one of the things that set us apart from most dentist offices across Michigan. If you are interested in dental sedation, we want you to be able to find the one that works for you rather than limiting your options.
The most popular form of dental sedation is laughing gas. If you can breathe, you can receive this.
By placing a mask over your nose, you will inhale the gas. Within a few minutes, you will feel your worries drift away, and you won’t feel any pain as we care for you. At the end of your visit, we turn off the gas and remove that mask. Within minutes, you’ll be feeling like yourself and ready to go on with your day.
Many patients with moderate dental anxiety prefer oral sedation. This is stronger and the effects last longer than laughing gas. With oral sedation, you will take a dose of medication before your appointment begins. When we are sure that you are feeling its effects, we can then address your dental needs.
You must arrange for someone else to bring you to and from your appointment if you receive oral sedation. The same is true for our next sedation option.
We are happy to be among the few dental practices that offer IV sedation in our office. Only people who have completed specific training are allowed to administer IV sedation. This is part of the reason this isn’t an option at most dentist offices.
We’ve found that IV sedation can help patients who have severe dental anxiety and patients who are undergoing longer, more complicated dental procedures.
Your Comfort Matters to Us
Dr. Harrell and the rest of our team want you to be after comfortable as possible when you visit our Ortonville, MI office. When you are relaxed, it’s easier to give you the dental care you need to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Before you make an appointment, please call (248) 469-0218 or contact us online to let us know that you are interested in our sedation options. We want to work with you to find the best option for you.