If you experience some form of dental anxiety, you’re not alone. Over 100 million Americans experience some form of fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Lynnfield Dental Associates has already helped hundreds of fearful patients get the dental care they need while in a heightened state of comfort and relaxation. Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy, sparkling smile. Sedation dentistry can put you at ease and virtually eliminates the pain associated with dental procedures. Contact us or book an appointment online for an anxiety-free dental experience.
Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation (OCS), uses an oral sedative to significantly reduce your fear and discomfort. OCS does not require needles to administer and is less expensive than IV sedation.
Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry:
- It’s very effective for mild to moderate anxiety
- It’s safe and easy
- You can breathe and speak on your own
- It’s less expensive than IV sedation
Unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients completely unconscious, oral conscious sedation leaves you able to speak and breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will be a dream and hours in the chair will feel like minutes.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV sedation, just like OCS, can reduce fear and discomfort considerably, but has the added benefit of being powerful enough to help even people withe severe fears of the dentist.
Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry:
- It’s extremely effective for moderate to severe anxiety
- It’s quick-acting
- The level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure so that you remain comfortable at all times
- In many cases, you can get ALL of your dental work done in one visit
During intravenous sedation (IV sedation), an anti-anxiety drug is administered into the bloodstream to provide patients with “deep conscious sedation.” Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will pass like a dream and, just as with OCS, hours in the chair will feel like minutes.
If you feel like IV Sedation is the treatment for you, or if you would like to talk through your options, don’t hesitate to contact us or book an appointment online for an anxiety-free dental experience.