If you are dealing with dental fear or anxiety, it may prevent you from receiving the dental care you need. Avoiding the dentist may result in serious oral health concerns. This will affect the health, appearance, and function of your smile.
Fear of the dentist is a common dental concern that patients of all ages deal with. Visiting a highly trained and caring dentist can help cure some of the anxiety or fear a patient may feel about visiting the dentist. Dr. Deckard and our team take the time to educate you on all aspects of your oral health. We will inform you about what to expect during your dental treatment. For some, knowing what to expect can reduce feelings of stress and uneasiness.
Dr. Justin Deckard understands that patients who experience dental fear and anxiety have a difficult time visiting the dentist. At DC Precision Dentistry we offer friendly and caring services for patients dealing with dental fear and anxiety. We provide a welcoming, open space where patients can feel comfortable receiving the dental care they need. If you are embarrassed by the state of your oral health, we are a no-judgment dental office.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Patients with dental fear may benefit from sedation dentistry. We offer oral conscious sedation to help put patients in a relaxed state during their visit. This method not only reduces anxiety but also:
- Enhances and prolongs the effects of the local anesthetic
- Allow the patient to remember very little from the visit
- Reduces the chance of joint and muscle soreness
- Decreases the gag reflex
- Allows the dentist to provide more treatments in fewer visits
- Allows the dentist to work in a timelier manner
Dental Sedation in Washington, DC
The safety and comfort of our patients are important to our team at DC Precision Dentistry. Dr. Deckard will assess a patient’s medical history, and look at the condition of their dental health and their overall health. This will help him determine if they are a good candidate for dental sedation. Our staff will watch any patient under sedation closely during their treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Your dentist may prescribe an oral sedative that can help the patient feel relaxed during their appointment. Oral conscious sedation allows the patient to remain alert and responsive while helping them manage their dental anxiety. Patients will need an escort to and from the office.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe for all ages?
Yes, oral conscious sedation options are safe for all ages when a trained dental professional administers them. Our team has gone through training and certifications in order to safely administer sedation options. Do not consider dental sedation if you think you might react differently, or if your doctor advises against it.
Does dental sedation put you in a deep sleep?
No. The dental sedation we provide will not put you to sleep. You will be awake but in an altered state of euphoria and numbness. The chemicals interact with your brain to subconsciously put you at ease. It wears off within a day and should not cause issues after treatment.
Is dental sedation the solution to my dental anxiety?
No. Dental sedation is a great way to help anxious patients relieve their anxieties at the dentist. However, it is not the solution to all of your anxiety problems. You should consider this as a step in making yourself feel more at ease and improving your overall dental experience.
What sedation does a dentist use in dentistry?
Dentists use several types of sedation for dental procedures, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”), oral sedatives, and intravenous (IV) sedation. The choice of sedation depends on the procedure, the patient’s medical history, and their level of anxiety. Dentists usually use local anesthesia to numb a specific area of the mouth, while nitrous oxide can help patients relax and feel more comfortable. Your dentist will give you oral sedatives to take before the procedure to induce a state of relaxation, and IV sedation provides a deeper level of sedation for more complex procedures.
How long does it take for oral sedation to kick in?
The time it takes for oral sedation to kick in can vary depending on the medication. Oral sedation takes effect within 30-60 minutes after taking the pill. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for taking the medication and to arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to and from your appointment, as you may feel drowsy or even fall asleep during the procedure.
Can I brush my teeth before sedation?
Yes. You can brush your teeth before sedation. It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene before any dental procedure. However, you should avoid eating or drinking anything for a certain period of time before your appointment. This is to ensure that the sedation medication works properly and to prevent any potential complications during the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your appointment.