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Sedation Dentistry Options to Consider

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Having a fear or phobia of the dentist is more common than you might realize. More than 30 percent of Americans claim to have some level of dental fear that can keep them from having regular dental treatment designed to keep the mouth and teeth healthy. 

When you put off your dentistry, more serious conditions can arise and lead to tooth loss, gum disease, or a damaged smile.

Finding a Springfield, IL sedation dentist can protect your mouth and your smile by eliminating the fear associated with dental procedures.

We offer two sedation dentistry options.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Because nitrous oxide is a safe and mild form of sedation, almost anyone with dental fear can benefit from its use – even kids!

Nitrous oxide is a gas delivered through a small nose mask. We can control the level of sedation throughout the procedure and once we stop the gas, your mind will clear and you can drive yourself home.

Most patients report feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Oral sedation requires a prescription. Because of this, we will need to perform a full medical evaluation in conjunction with your physician to ensure that it is safe for you. Oral sedation is longer-lasting and will cause dreamy awareness and improve comfort. 

Most patients report that they feel completely relaxed and barely remember their appointment. You will remain conscious, but with reduced awareness of the sights and sounds of the dental office.

You will need someone to take you home and look after you for the rest of the day. Sedation can make it more common for people to fall or become disoriented, so it is best to stay home, watch Netflix, and relax for the remainder of the day.

To learn more from your Southport, IN sedation dentist, give Shank Dentistry a call today.