Did you know the latest dental research shows that oral bacteria and inflammation can play a hidden role in systemic diseases? Inadequate oral care can lead to unnecessary health risks, including heart disease, arterial blockage and stroke.
Fear of the dentist is often what holds people back from taking better care of their oral health. The sound of the drill, the bright lights, and other factors can cause you to neglect your oral health, possibly leading to other ill health effects. Why take that chance?
However, if you have procrastinated about the dental care you need, we can float your fears away with the calming effects of sedation dentistry.
Nitrous oxide, also called "laughing gas", is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide. It is delivered via a fitted mask placed comfortably over the nose. You simply relax and breathe normally as your dental procedures take place. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective treatment for both children and adults. While you wear the mask you feel calm and unconcerned. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off quickly and you can resume your normal daily routine.
Oral conscious sedation is delivered via a pill taken before dental treatment to block pain and discomfort. The oral medication is similar to a sleeping pill. Although you will be able to speak and respond throughout the procedure, it is unlikely you will remember the entire appointment. You will need someone to drive you home afterwards, as the effects take some time to wear off.
Intravenous (IV) Medication
IV conscious sedation, is a safe and effective treatment for anxious dental patients. Administered directly into the bloodstream by a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA), IV sedation is fast-acting and can be adjusted quickly according to your needs. Like oral sedation, you will be able to breathe on your own and respond during the appointment. It leaves you with little memory of the dental treatment.
If anxiety is affecting your dental health or appearance, sedation dentistry may be the answer to making your smile dreams come true. Techniques used in sedation dentistry are safe and effective in eliminating dental anxiety, so you can relax completely and have a pain-free visit.
Please contact our Dubuque sedation dentists today by calling 563-556-2711 or complete the form on this page to schedule your personal consultation. Exceptional Dentistry serves Iowa communities such as Dyersville and Davenport, as well as visitors from Galena, Illinois.