- December 28, 2016
Try to imagine going to the dentist but not remembering anything about your treatment. You would still receive all the benefits of oral care, but you would not experience dental anxiety or dental fear.
If that sounds like a good option to you, then you need to ask about the dental sedation options at the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania. We offer both oral sedation and IV sedation and our Collegeville and Williamsport dentist offices.
You can learn more by reading today’s post or by making an appointment with one of our dentists. You can do that by filling out our online form or by calling our Collegeville location at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport location at 570-505-6908.
Reasons To Consider Sedation Dentistry
Before we describe the kinds of dental sedation we offer, we first want you to understand why you might want to try it.
Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans, and experts in this field estimate that up to 20 percent of people avoid dental care because of this anxiety. We are quite aware of that dental anxiety or even dental fear can make it difficult for anyone to make an appointment for dental care, much less to sit down in a dentist’s chair.
Sedation dentistry can put your mind at ease, but that may be too general a description. As part of our holistic approach at the LANAP & Implant Center, we understand that different patients may be anxious about different things.
We can’t list every reason someone may feel anxious, but here are some common concerns:
▷ You don’t want to feel pain.
We certainly don’t blame you for that. Thankfully, you won’t experience any pain with dental sedation.
▷ You had a bad experience with another dentist.
We are sorry this happened to you, but we want you to know that our patient’s comfort is a top priority at our office. Sedation dentistry is just one of the services we offer to make your visits with us as pleasant as possible.
▷ You are bothered by dental equipment or needles.
This is another understandable concern. We would not fault anyone who felt uncomfortable by the sound of a drill or the sight of a needle. With sedation dentistry, you won’t be aware of what is happening, so you won’t experience that anxiety.
▷ You are undergoing a complicated procedure.
Even if you don’t normally feel anxious about basic dental care, you may feel anxious about a more complicated treatment. With dental sedation, you can put your mind at ease. As an added bonus, dental sedation could make it possible to complete your treatment in a single visit to our office.
We hope this gives you a better idea of why dental sedation may be a good option for you.
But our dentists also will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call 610-228-4366 or 570-505-6908 to schedule a consultation today.
Your Options For Sedation Dentistry
We offer two kinds of sedation dentistry at the LANAP & Implant Center. They are oral sedation and IV sedation. Either can work for our many services, and our dentists can help you discover which is the right option for you.
IV sedation is the stronger form of sedation. In Pennsylvania, only someone who has completed 60 hours of coursework and 20 hours of clinical work is eligible for a permit to provide IV sedation.
You can rest assured that you will be receiving professional care if you receive IV sedation at either of our locations. IV sedation allows for a greater level of control. It can be adjusted during your treatment to make sure you are free from pain or anxiety.
This may be a better option for someone undergoing an extensive treatment, since it may allow us to complete that procedure in fewer visits.
Oral conscious sedation also has long-lasting effects. For this sedation option, you will take a dose of medication before your treatment begins. By the time we start the procedure, you will feel groggy or you may fall asleep. Either way, you will be relaxed and will remain comfortable.
If you have a fear of needles, this could be an option to avoid seeing or feeling one at all.
Both types of sedation will last for a while after your treatment is over. For this reason, you must make arrangements for a trusted friend or family member to take you home after your procedure is over.
We will provide instructions for what to do as you recover, and you are welcome to call us with questions at any time.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
Before you try sedation dentistry, we want to help you to understand how it can help. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentists as a first step.
You can reach us by:
▸ Calling 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville office
▸ Calling 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport office
▸ Filling out our online contact form.