March 6, 2017
Are you afraid or anxious to visit the dentist? Maybe you have a hard time staying in one position for a long time? Now, there is no need to worry about visiting the dentist. Dr. Edward Dougherty allows patients to sleep through their dental visits with IV sedation. Sedation dentistry is commonly used to help patients with unique circumstances enjoy their time at the dentist. No matter if you suffer from dental fears or need a lengthy procedure, we offer sedation dentistry in Ocean City to help you relax during your appointment.
How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?
Dental fears and anxieties are a leading reason people avoid visiting the dentist until after a problem has developed. In fact, it is estimated 9% to 15% of Americans delay dental care due to dental phobias. This puts your oral health at risk. The lack of regular care often causes you to wait until a serious problem has developed to seek care. Now, a more invasive procedure is needed, further heightening the fear. In addition, many people have difficulty laying in one position for too long, while problems like TMJ make it difficult to keep the jaw open for treatment.
Sedation dentistry resolves these complications. Using IV sedation, you will sleep during your dental appointment to overcome fears and discomforts.
What is IV Sedation?
IV sedation delivers a sedative dose of medication through an IV. This provides Dr. Dougherty with greater control using the medication to meet your comfort level. You will begin to feel relaxed and drowsy once the sedative is administered. Depending on how much sedation is used, you may fully fall asleep.
While you are sedated, you are not unconscious. You will still be capable of responding to verbal ques from the dentist. However, rest assured, you will feel no pain, discomfort, or anxiety. After your procedure, the effects of the sedation will wear off in a few hours, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
Naturally, many are concerned about the safety of sedation. We understand your concern. We have safety protocols in place. We will give you strict instructions prior to your appointment to ensure your safety.
Although IV sedation is often recommended, we understand that not everyone requires it. For those who have mild to moderate discomforts, another form of sedation may be more appropriate. We also offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation. To find the best form of sedation for your individual needs, we will discuss your procedure and comfort level during your initial consultation.
How Can I Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you are ready to stop fearing the dentist, it is time to call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Dougherty will perform an initial consultation and discuss your medical history, as well as any medications you are taking. He will create a customized treatment plan while discussing your sedation options.
Now, you no longer need to fear the dentist. We will treat you with integrity and compassion to help you overcome your fears. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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