Far more people struggle to complete dental appointments than you might think. In fact, fear and anxiety are some of the most common reasons people skip their dental appointments. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case when you choose Anthem Dentistry for all of your oral care needs. While our dentists and team members love helping patients get comfortable through natural methods, we’re happy to offer varying degrees of sedation dentistry for those Anthem, AZ dental patients who need it.
A moderate form of sedation, oral conscious sedation dentistry comes in a pill-form and is taken orally about one hour before treatment. Once the effects kick in, you can expect to feel significantly more relaxed and at ease, making treatment much easier to complete. In many cases, patients do not remember much of their treatment, making it ideal for those with moderate to severe levels of anxiety. Since the effects can linger, we require patients to have a friend or family member drive them to and from the dental office.
For those with more mild cases of anxiety, nitrous oxide offers patients a fast-acting sedative effect during dental treatments. The gaseous mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is supplied via a nasal mask that is worn throughout your appointment, allowing you to gently inhale the mixture and remain calm. You may experience a slight warming sensation as you inhale the mixture. However, once the mask is removed, the effects of the sedative go away as quickly as they appeared, making it easy to resume normal activities.
A much stronger form of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is the perfect option for those with severe levels of anxiety or fear of dental treatments. Much like nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation is designed to be fast-acting. The main difference is IV sedation is provided intravenously (or directly into your bloodstream.) In most cases, patients will not remember any of their treatment following IV sedation and (due to the sedative’s strong effects) will need to have a friend or family member drive them home following its use. Patients should also wait 12 to 24 hours for the effects to completely wear off.
Generally reserved for patients in hospitals, general anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation available at Anthem Dentistry. Our team members and dentists are highly trained to provide this particular sedation. We generally only recommend it for those who have tried other methods of sedation but not received proper relief. During your appointment, your vital signs will be monitored very closely to ensure your safety during every phase of care. If you have very severe dental anxiety or have special needs that make treatment impossible without general anesthesia, this option is likely for you.