Do you feel nervous at the thought of making a dentist appointment? Do your hands get clammy or experience shortness of breath when arriving at a dental office? You probably have dental anxiety, and we offer a type of sedation that can help calm your nerves even before you reach our practice. It’s called oral sedation, which is consumed in a pill-form prior to your appointment.
Oral sedation is typically a pill that you take one hour before the appointment. You will start feeling the effects of the sedation before your appointment, so please have a friend or family member transport you to and from our office. When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the comfort room, covered with a thick blanket and placed on a monitor to watch you vital signs. After you are comfortable, Dr. Stearns and his experienced clinical team will take care of your dental needs. When your treatment is completed, your friend or family member will return to drive you home so you can finish your comfortable and relaxing day.
You will have little or no memory of the experience. You probably won’t even remember sounds or smells. You will be relaxed for about five to six hours after taking the pills. People who have difficulty getting numb will find that relax dentistry eliminates this problem. Oral sedation is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.
Candidates for oral sedation are those who need it. If you’re worried about your dental treatment, have a fear of needles, sterile environments and more, then this treatment is just for you. If you fall under one of the fears listed below, you could qualify for oral sedation:
- High fear of dentist
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Hate needles and shots
- Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth
Will I feel pain?
No, you will feel nothing.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.
How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.
Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
If you experience dental anxiety in Englewood, NJ, look to dentistry provider Dr. Neil Stearns for safe and effective sedation options. For those with a fear of needles or inhalation, oral sedation could be the very solution you need to feel calm and relaxed during your appointment. Contact us to consult with Dr. Stearns and learn more about what makes this sedation option popular with our patients.