Do you feel nervous or apprehensive about dental appointments? Have you let your anxiety stop you from completing necessary treatment? At Shank Center for Dentistry, we welcome hundreds of patients each year who have a fear of the dentist, just like you.
Our compassionate, gentle team has experience helping patients feel at ease so they can receive the dentistry they need for a healthy, comfortable smile. For patients who require additional help relaxing, we offer sedation dentistry to make relaxed, stress-free, pain-free dental treatment possible.
Sedation Dentistry and How It Works
Dr. Kyle Shank offers two types of sedation dentistry at our Perry Township, IN dental office.
Nitrous oxide sedation is a mild inhaled sedative that helps patients with mild anxiety relax. It enters and leaves your system quickly, so it is safe to resume regular activities such as work and driving. It is so safe that we can even use it for children who experience nervousness or difficulty sitting still during appointments.
Oral sedation dentistry uses medications designed to have lasting effects that keep you relaxed during your procedure. It works well for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. We will prescribe the appropriate dose of medication to last for your entire appointment. You should take it easy for the rest of the day as some grogginess or residual sedation may linger. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment due to the effects of the medication.
By the next day, most people will feel refreshed and ready to resume their schedule, though in certain situations, some may still feel a bit tired.
Exceptional Safety Practices for Oral Sedation Delivery
Dr. Shank completed his sedation dentistry training through one of the largest and most well-established organizations dedicated solely to dental sedation in the country, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. While his initial training was held in Perry Township, Dr. Shank continues to take additional training to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients. Most recently, Dr. Shank attended an update course in Washington DC on treating medically complex patients with sedation dentistry. He has completed hundreds of sedation dentistry cases over the last eight years with outstanding results and patient satisfaction.
At Shank Center for Dentistry, the safety of our patients always comes first. Dr. Shank has implemented the latest monitoring equipment to make your treatment both effective and safe. In addition to the required blood pressure and pulse oximeter, we also use an EKG heart monitor and a breath analysis meter (called capnography) to measure the gasses a patient exhales. This type of advanced monitoring gives us more accurate real-time information about our patients so that we can quickly address any issues that arise. These highly sensitive monitoring devices ensure patient safety and exceed all industry minimum standards.
Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
We will always put your health and safety first! A full medical history will help us determine if sedation dentistry is right for you. Some of the additional factors you may consider when seeking sedation dentistry include:
Having a strong gag reflex – Sedation dentistry relaxes your mind and body, making treatment possible without the sensation of gagging.
Long appointments – If you opt to have a significant amount of treatment at one appointment, sedation dentistry can make time feel like it goes by more quickly. Treatment is much more efficient, as well!
Rather than having to take four or six half-days off work to complete your treatment, perhaps taking one day off and completing all of your treatment under sedation is a better option!
Physical or mental conditions – If you have mental or physical limitations that make it hard for you to remain still during treatment, sedation can help.
Difficulty getting or staying numb – Did you know that the adrenaline and cortisol released into your system due to stress can make it difficult for you to get numb? Patients who traditionally have a difficult time getting numb are able to get numb and stay numb much easier when they are sedated. Sedation dentistry allows patients to receive the full benefits of anesthetic and experience pain-free dentistry.
Don’t Let Fear Put Your Smile in Jeopardy!
If you need dental treatment but want an understanding dental team with practical solutions to eliminate your anxiety, contact us to learn more about how we can help. Dr. Shank offers gentle, high-quality dentistry for patients of all ages.
We look forward to seeing your smile!