Anxiety Free Dentistry
Twilight Sleep Dentistry
Today’s medications enable us to offer twilight sleep dentistry, which promises to wash away your fears about dental procedures. You will be relaxed and drowsy during your treatment, but able to respond to your dentist’s directions.
Once you’ve set your appointment, our anesthetist will attain background information about your health and answer your questions about anesthesia. And you can also rest assured that when you receive anesthesia here, we follow the same protocols and guidelines that guide doctors in hospitals.
Before Your Procedure
If your appointment is in the morning, don’t eat, drink or chew gum after midnight. You can brush your teeth, but be careful not to drink any water while doing so. If you need to take medications, talk to your anesthetist and sip water according to their directions.
For an afternoon appointment, you also should not eat after midnight. You can, however, quench your thirst with clear liquids (broth, tea, water or apple juice) up to four hours before your procedure.
After Your Surgery
For your safety, you cannot drive or take public transportation after your procedure. Therefore, you need someone who will be responsible for taking you home. Once home, take it easy. Don’t return to work, engage in vigorous activity, operate machinery or cook. Also, stay away from alcoholic beverages and refrain from making major financial decisions for 24 hours.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Relax and Feel No Pain
Imagine a visit to the dentist where you feel relaxed and experience no pain. That’s what happens when we combine nitrous oxide with administering a local anesthetic. One helps you to relax, and the other numbs any remaining pain.
Like our other patients, you’ll love nitrous oxide because it:
- Successfully reduces any apprehension you may have
- Has a proven track record for safety
- Relieves pain
- Acts fast
- Has minimal side effects
- Enables you to be independent, you’ll have no need for an escort to and from the dental office
- Makes it possible for you to get back to your regular activities immediately
If you have mild to moderate concerns about dental visits, nitrous oxide might be right for you. It will allow you to remain conscious and feel good….to the point of euphoria! You’ll likely recover rapidly and may have only a vague recollection of your procedure.
Be Carefree but Fully Aware
Anxiolysis, a mild sedative such as Valium, will relax you, significantly reducing your discomfort. Add a local anesthetic, and you probably won’t experience any pain. In fact, you’ll be so chilled out that you’ll hardly care that you’re having a dental procedure.
If we’re using anxiolysis, you’ll need two visits. In the first visit, we’ll detail your health history and, if necessary, take x-rays. We’ll give you a prescription for a sedative which you’ll take the night before your next visit, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
The next day, you’ll take a second dose of the sedative to allay your fears and keep you calm. Of course, we’ll monitor you during your visit.
Like many of our other patients, you’ll like anxiolysis because it:
- Successfully reduces mild to moderate apprehension
- Is proven to be safe
- Enables you to speak and breathe independently as well as, in most cases, to drive to and from your appointment
- Is cost effective
- If you have mild to moderate fears of the dentist, anxiolysis may be right for you, enabling you to remain conscious but relaxed.