Midland Sedation Dentist Helps Patients Relax
For some people, going to the dentist is a fear they simply cannot overcome. No matter how much reassurance they receive from family and friends, and no matter how comfortable their dentist's office may be - and Dr. Christensen's office is filled with amenities to help you rest and relax during treatment - they just can't get past that roadblock. If this describes you or someone you care about, then Midland sedation dentist, Dr. Christensen offers two kinds of sedation dentistry options, one of which is sure to help you have the dental care you need and deserve.
The Cause of Dental Fear or Anxiety
Dental fear or anxiety can be rooted in a number of different causes. Some people have troublesome memories of previous visits to a dentist. That's why we are so careful and gentle during appointments for children, because those first memories can set up a lifetime of comfort or discomfort with the dentist.
Other patients have an aversion to the sharp and pointy instruments we use, to say nothing of the dentist’s drill. Some people begin to feel rather anxious when they are seated in the examination chair. Whatever the reason, sedation dentistry can calm your fears so you’ll be able to relax while we take care of your smile. Depending on your level of anxiety, sedation dentist Dr. Christensen will recommend the type of sedation that is most appropriate for you.
If you would classify your anxiety as mild to moderate, then nitrous oxide is probably right for you. More commonly known as laughing gas, this kind of sedation dentistry leaves you feeling physically relaxed and mentally worry-free. When your treatment is about to begin, a mask is placed over your nose. As you inhale the measured mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, you’ll begin to almost immediately feel the calming effects. Once relaxed, Dr. Christensen can then complete your care. When your treatment is completed, the effects of nitrous oxide are quickly reversed, so you can go about your day as usual.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If your anxiety or dental phobia is more pronounced, oral conscious sedation may be the best option for you. This kind of sedation is often perfect for patients whose fear prevents them from even getting to our office. With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Christensen prescribes a small sedative pill for you to take at home about an hour before your appointment. Then, you arrive at your sedation dentist’s office already feeling relaxed and content. Dr. Christensen has been awarded certification in oral conscious sedation, so he can provide this service with the utmost safety. You will need to have a family member or friend available to drive you to and from your appointment, because oral conscious sedation takes longer to wear off.