Are you among the thousands of people who have a fear of the dentist, or who experience immediate anxiety when you step foot into a dental office? If so, you might be a great candidate for sedation dentistry, providing that your medical history and current medications allow it.

Our cosmetic dentists in Philadelphia, PA offer sedation dentistry methods to ease your fears and relax your mind while you are at our office. Our sedation dentistry methods are administered safely and effectively, and closely monitored throughout your entire procedure. With these options, now you can go to the dentist, receive amazing dental work, all while you relax and enjoy yourself—who could want more than that?

Sedation dentistry methods that we offer

To do so, our sedation dentists of Dental Health Care Associates have two options for you, including:

  • IV sedation—This is suitable for patients who require more invasive, in-depth, and longer procedures (i.e. root canal, dental implants, etc). The sedation dentist and/or the anesthesiologist will administer the IV sedation methods in a safe and effective way.
  • Oral conscious sedation—This is for our patients who exhibit high anxiety, fear, or who have gagging problems. The medication comes in a pill format to make you extremely relaxed.

Based on your medical history and current health state, we will determine which method is the most effective and safest for you. It is important to note that when you receive oral or IV sedation, you do not lose consciousness—you are still able to respond to the dentist and dental assistant(s)—but you will be in a state of complete, deep relaxation.

Which patients typically get oral sedation?

Patients who receive oral conscious sedation typically:

  • Display strong anxiety and/or dental fears of going to the dentist, which, in turn, sometimes cause them to procrastinate scheduling their dental appointment
  • Have neck or back problems that makes it difficult for them to sit for long periods of time in the dentist’s chair
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex that makes it very difficult for us to perform our dental procedures, especially during more invasive procedures
  • Do not experience significant numbing after we use local anesthetics on them, so they require a stronger method of sedation dentistry

Ready for your sedation dentistry appointment?

So are you ready to schedule your sedation dentistry appointment? At Dental Health Care Associates, we are dedicated to making your dental appointment as pain-free and anxious-free as possible! Your dental fears and anxieties will melt away with any of our sedation methods—call us today to see if sedation dentistry is right for you!

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