Many people feel anxious before and during dental procedures. It's okay to feel nervous or even fearful when anticipating an appointment. We understand that our patients aren't all the same, and we have great news: you have options! You can experience dental treatment in a comfortable, customized approach with several different methods of sedation.
The most common forms of sedation used in dentistry are inhalation, oral, and intravenous sedation. While making dentistry much easier for you, it is important to understand that they are not pain-killers, and regular numbing medications still prove essential. But sedation will make every part of your treatment more enjoyable if you're anxious.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) and Sedation Dentistry
Laughing Gas is available in our office and provides an excellent way to ease anxiety for many dental procedures. The mildest form of sedation available, gas flows through a soft mask that sits over your nose. This odorless gas mixes with pure oxygen to introduce a relaxed feeling during treatment. Laughing Gas often brings a euphoric feeling that encourages your sense of humor. The adjustable levels of Laughing Gas allow us to customize sedation for each patient, with an altered effect noticed within just a few minutes.
With Laughing Gas, you won’t experience short-term memory loss. At the end of treatment, the sedative effect disappears almost immediately, and you will be able to return home without lasting side effects. With laughing gas, you don’t even need an escort to accompany you home from your visit.
● Laughing Gas provides quick, safe sedation to help with mild dental anxiety for appointments of all kinds:
● Before treatment begins, you breathe a mix of odorless gas and oxygen through a soft nasal mask.
● Our modern office includes state-of-the-art sedation equipment.
● Laughing Gas is readily available and frequently used by all our providers.
Our team dedicates themselves to patient comfort every step of the way. Laughing Gas means even mild anxiety doesn’t need to be part of your experience at Advanced Dental & TMJ Center.
Oral Sedation dentistry
Oral sedation leads to a deeper sedation level than achieved with Laughing Gas. Numerous medications are available for this type of sedation, and Dr. Adatrow and carefully considers your specific needs to determine which choice is best for you. But all of our options are considered anti-anxiety medications and produce the same desirable effect: dramatic reduction and even elimination of anxiety during your dental visit.
While bringing comfort to your experience, oral medications reduce what you remember about your appointment. We’ll likely complete your treatment in fewer appointments and in less time.
During treatment, Dr. Adatrow diligently monitors your vital signs to ensure a safe visit. In some cases, we may use small doses of Laughing Gas along with an oral medicine for even more relaxation.
Oral sedation may be a good choice for mild to moderate dental anxiety, or simpler appointments:
● Before your appointment, you swallow a simple pill.
● The medications we use are FDA approved and include a long history of safety.
● Our doctors are trained and certified by the profession’s leading organization for dental sedation.
Even though you’re awake and responsive during treatment, you enjoy a comfortable, relaxed condition. Depending on the medication used, you may not remember much about your visit.
Oral sedation effects last longer than with Laughing Gas alone. It’s essential a companion accompanies you to your appointment and drives you home after you’re finished. We look forward to helping you discover a remarkable way of overcoming dental fear under the care of compassionate providers.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation dentistry
Some dental procedures may call for a deeper level of sedation for fearful patients. IV sedation is a proven method that makes dental care possible for everyone. At Advanced Dental & TMJ Center, we’ve incorporated sedation techniques that few clinics offer.
During IV sedation, sedative medication flows through the bloodstream as treatment occurs. It’s unlikely you’ll remember anything about your visit as the medication gently blocks your memory of the procedure.
IV sedation leads to procedures that seem to fly by with more treatment completed in one appointment. Our highly-trained team monitors you for safety from start to finish.
DENTAL FEAR DOESN’T NEED TO DICTATE YOUR DENTAL HEALTH. IV SEDATION ELIMINATES EVEN THE HIGHEST-LEVEL OF ANXIETY.
● The calming medication enters your system before starting any treatment.
● In our office, IV sedation is administered by a doctor certified in advanced anesthesia techniques, Dr. Adatrow.
● During IV sedation you’ll be monitored by the best technology and expertise. Before you know it, you’re heading home to rest.
We look forward to discussing your sedation needs and creating a personalized plan that fits your comfort level. If IV sedation feels like the best choice, we’ll explore scheduling that allows you to start enjoying the benefits of optimal dentistry.
Sedation dentistry – for many people, the fear is real
Many people avoid going to the dentist for the simple reason that they are afraid. Perhaps they had a negative experience at the dentist as a child. Some people's fears are innate. Whatever the reason, sedation dentistry offers a solution for any patient, no matter how apprehensive they may be.
Many people suffering from severe tooth pain still won't go to the dentist. However, there is a point where the pain becomes unbearable and they decide to go to a dental clinic.
The goal of sedation dentistry is to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry can be used for a simple tooth cleaning or more complex procedures like root canals. The deciding factor is often the patient's level of fear.
The fear of dentists is called dentophobia, and it's a very real thing. Some patients are stricken with iatrophobia, which is a fear of needles. Some people suffer from both phobias. In the dentistry profession, there are a few different ways to classify dentophobia. They include:
● Fear of the dentist – People who suffer from this phobia see their dentist as sadistic or evil. It doesn't help that dentistry professionals are often depicted as evil in the movies and on television. Most patients fear their dentist because of a negative experience at some point in their life.
● Fear of pain – In the not-to-distant-past, dentistry was often painful. However, modern advancements in the dental industry have made most procedures far less painful. Sedation dentistry virtually eliminates all pain. For patients who are especially sensitive to mouth pain, this may be a huge deterrent to visiting their dentist.
● Fear of gagging – Some people are more prone to gagging than others. Having things in their mouth may cause them to choke or experience breathing difficulties. Some patients may even have an anxiety attack when they gag. Sedation dentistry virtually eliminates patient gagging fears.
● Fear of certain smells and sounds – Patients with bad dentist experiences may associate certain dentist office smells and sounds with that experience. This may lead to anxiety or even a panic attack. The sound of the dentist's drill is one example.
● Fear of needles – For people afraid of needles, the dentist office may seem like the worst place in the world. However, sedation dentistry techniques preclude the use of a needle, which makes going to the dentist far more palatable.
What can I do if my fear of the dentist is paralyzing?
Some patients have a severe fear of the dentist. If you're one of these people, you may logically understand that sedation dentistry works, but still be unable to visit your dentist. Is there anything you can do to help you overcome your fear?
If you suffer from severe dentophobia, we recommend consulting with a trained mental health professional about your fear. There are a number of useful treatments that can help you “get over the hump” and overcome enough of your fear to make a dental visit possible. Medications, therapy, and hypnosis are all useful tools used by mental health care professionals to help people deal with severe phobias.
It may also help if you tell your dentist that you suffer from dentophobia. We are happy to meet with patients ahead of time to address fears and work out a plan that makes the visit less stressful. Not only will you develop a trusting rapport with our dentist, but you can address specific fears so that we fully understand how best to proceed.
Remember, when you are in the dental chair, you are in total control. If you want us to stop and take a break, we will. If you are experiencing pain, simply let us know and we can address it. Sedation dentistry is the answer that many patients have always dreamed about, and we are happy to explain the process to you in detail.
Some patients enjoy using listening to music while they're in the chair. You can plug in your favorite music and let your conscious mind drift away while we take care of your smile. In other words, we are willing to do whatever we can to make your visit as comfortable as can be.
Visiting the dentist doesn't have to be an exercise in fear. Sedation dentistry offers a workable solution for almost everyone and it's changing the way many people view dentistry. If you would like more information, please give us a call.
More information about sedation dentistry
Many people mistakenly think sedation dentistry puts patients to sleep. While this may be true for certain situations, most of the time patients are awake. Sometimes sedation dentistry is called “sleep dentistry,” which is also a bit misleading. Let's take a look at the various levels of sedation possible with this type of dentistry.
● Minimal sedation – In this scenario you are awake but completely relaxed. You will remember the dental procedures used by your dentist, but they won't bother you at all.
● Moderate sedation – Sometimes called “conscious sedation,” this level of sedation may cause you to slur your words. You probably won't remember much of the dental procedures performed by your dentist.
● Deep sedation – You are almost entirely asleep but still capable of being awakened by your dentist. You likely won't remember any of the procedures used by your dentist.
● General anesthesia – In this scenario, you are entirely unconscious. You won't remember any of the procedure and may be “out of it” when you regain consciousness.
You will also receive some kind of local anesthetic along with sedation. Numbing the site around which the procedure is done will help relieve pain and further minimize your discomfort.
Who benefits from sedation dentistry?
You don't have to experience debilitating fear of the dentist to benefit from sedation dentistry. If you experience any of the following, you may find that sedation is just what the dentist ordered.
● You have a low threshold for pain.
● You have sensitive teeth.
● You have trouble sitting still in the dentist's chair.
● You need a large amount of work done on your teeth.
● You have a sensitive gag reflex.
Can children be sedated?
Some children have a terrible fear of the dentist. Some simply refuse to cooperate. If your child falls into either of these categories, sedation dentistry may offer a workable solution. Nitrous oxide is safe for most children, and it's routinely used to treat younger patients. Oral sedation can also be used as long as the dose is administered properly. You should only trust dentists who are fully trained and experienced with sedation techniques.
A few words about Memphis Tennessee
At Advance Dental Implant and TMJ Center, we are proud to service patients in the great city of Memphis. We are lucky to live in one of the most historic cities in the southern United States while enjoying a rich culture and a wide variety of landscapes. With a population of around 650,000, the City of Memphis thrives with an incredible music scene and some of the nation's best barbecue.
If you suffer from dental issues, it may be impossible to enjoy a plate of Memphis-style barbecue ribs. You don't have to sacrifice your quality of life because of dental problems because sedation dentistry offers a real solution. Our proven sedation dentistry treatment techniques are designed to help you live a normal life. Get the most out of your life in Memphis by talking to Dr. Adatrow about sedation dentistry today.
We help Germantown, Tennessee residents who are interested in sedation dentistry
If you live in Germantown, Tennessee then you are conveniently located close to our sedation dentistry treatment specialist. Germantown has a population of only 39,000 and is known for its many horse shows. Most of the city's growth happened in the last 50 years, and Germantown continues to thrive with a strong and robust economy.
Germantown boasts a park within walking distance of every resident and some of the state's best schools. This makes it a fantastic place to start a family and raise kids. If you suffer from dental problems, you may not be able to enjoy those special moments with your children while they play in the park. Don't let unmanageable dental pain dictate how you live your life. Contact Dr. Adatrow today and find out more about sedation dentistry.
Collierville, Tennessee, sedation dentistry, and you
Residents of Collierville seeking dental treatment are only a short drive away from our clinic. Collierville is even smaller than Germantown, with a population of only 44,000. In 2014, Collierville was named one of the top 100 places to live in the country by Relocate America, and if you're a resident you already know why.
Many young couples live in Collierville and about half of the population has kids under the age of 18. These unique demographics continue to make Collierville a very attractive place to live for anyone seeking to start a family. Talk to us today about sedation dentistry so that you can get the most out of family life.
Sedation dentistry for residents of Cordova, Tennessee
Yet another incredible suburb of Memphis, Cordova boasts a population of about 61,000 residents and is located east of Germantown. Cordova is very proud of its railroad history and the original train 1889 station still stands today. Cordova is also one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Memphis with plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs.
If you love the Fourth of July, and who doesn't, then the parade in Cordova is a do-not-miss event. The parade coincides with a craft fair where locals sell their hand-crafted wares to the delight of shoppers from all over Memphis. If you live in Cordova and suffer from dental problems, you may not be able to enjoy simple pleasures like the local parade. Don't let chronic pain suck the joy out of life. Contact us today for an appointment and enjoy the benefits of sedation dentistry so that you can enjoy a normal life.
Information for our Mississippi patients
If you live in Mississippi towns like Southaven, Hernando, and Olive Branch, you are also conveniently located near our dental office.
Southaven is Mississippi’s third largest city while also a principal city of Greater Memphis. It’s a growing community with a fantastic mall and plenty of air traffic. It’s also the home of acclaimed novelist John Grisham.
Hernando, Mississippi is quite a bit smaller than Southaven. It’s located in DeSoto County, which is the second largest county in Memphis. The historic downtown square is quite lovely, and the entire area is well known for its blues music.
Olive Branch, Mississippi is also located in DeSoto County and considered part of the Memphis Metro area. From 1990 to 2010, Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the country, which means it must be a pretty great place to live.
Dr. Adatrow welcomes patients from anywhere in Memphis, whether you live in Mississippi or Tennessee. Contact us today for an appointment.
Don't fear the dentist. Contact us today for an appointment
You don't have to fear going to the dentist anymore. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry. Our number-one goal is to ensure you are fully comfortable at our clinic so you can enjoy the many benefits of a healthy smile for years to come.