Treatment with Your Comfort in Mind
For many people, the idea of undergoing dental treatment is unnerving. For some, however, these feelings of anxiety and dread can be so severe that it prevents them from receiving the dental care that they need. This can lead to severely impaired dental health, which in turn can affect whole body health. At Dental Design Solutions of New Mexico in Albuquerque, we offer sedation dentistry to help individuals who suffer from dental anxiety. Through the use of dental sedatives, we can calm a person’s nerves and oftentimes eliminate his or her memory of the procedure itself, making for a drastically less stressful experience. Your dental health is important; you shouldn’t have to sacrifice it because of anxiety or fear. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Ron Ziemann, contact our dental office today. We are conveniently located for residents of Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and surrounding area.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Perhaps the most well-known of the sedation dentistry options offered at our Albuquerque dental practice, nitrous oxide sedation is fast-acting, safe, adjustable, and highly effective. Nearly everyone makes an ideal candidate for nitrous oxide treatment; it is widely used for conscious sedation throughout the country as it greatly alleviates or eliminates dental anxiety with almost zero downsides. Administered through a breathing mask, a mixture of nitrous oxide gas (commonly referred to as “laughing gas” for the effects it induces) and oxygen calms the patient in seconds. If the sedative is too strong or too weak, the amount can be adjusted on the fly, yielding nearly instant results. This adjustability and fast-acting nature of nitrous oxide sedation makes it the sedative of choice for many of our patients; they don’t have to take medication prior to their procedure, and because the effects wear off as soon as the flow of gas is halted, patients can drive themselves home after treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This type of sedative is administered prior to the start of treatment, typically one hour beforehand. Individuals who undergo oral conscious sedation will require an escort to drive them home from the dental office. A small pill – typically Valium, Ativan (Lorazepam), or a similar medication – that is taken orally, the oral conscious sedative is a popular option with patients who suffer dental anxiety because it is easily administered. Taking an oral conscious sedative is no more difficult than taking an over-the-counter pain medication. Once the patient has taken the drug, brain activity will be slowed, resulting in a state of relaxation. This calm state will drastically alleviate, if not eliminate altogether, your anxiety while allowing you to remain conscious and alert during treatment, should you have to respond or answer questions from Dr. Ziemann.
For any general or cosmetic dental treatment more complex than a simple cleaning, such as the placement of dental restorations or gum contouring, we can utilize local anesthesia for pain-relief. Typically administered with a fine needle (in most cases, the actual administration of the anesthetic is barely perceptible), the local anesthesia helps numb the treatment area so that your dental procedure is free of pain and discomfort. Depending on the level of local anesthetic employed, you may still feel pressure in the treatment area, but any pain resulting from the treatment of bone and gum tissue will be eliminated. Though in most cases the use of local anesthetic by itself is sufficient to put a patient at ease, we can combine local anesthesia with one of the sedation dentistry options discussed above for greater comfort. At our Albuquerque dental practice, our patients’ comfort and satisfaction are important to us, and we will do everything that we can, from offering a comfortable and relaxing environment to a range of sedative options, to help ensure they walk away with a bright, beautiful smile on their faces.