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The Most Comfort We Can Provide!

The Most Comfort We Can Provide!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
comfort dentistry
nitrous oxide

To wrap up our comfort dentistry series, we want to focus on sedation dentistry and the ease that it can bring to your dentistry fears! We realize that a dental office is a very intimidating place for many of our patients and we want to help you conquer your anxious thoughts and make you as comfortable as possible. We aim to make our office one of your favorite places in Abilene and sometimes it just requires a little laughing gas to do the trick!

At Abilene Dental, we use oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. We will discuss with you which of these is best for you and customize the treatment to fit your needs. Oral, Nitrous and IV sedation all have different benefits and meet different needs for the patients. There are different levels of anxiety and fear that our patients experience, and we have the solution to help you with wherever you land on that spectrum. Our first priority is always for you to be comfortable and confident in your treatment and we are excited to help you find that solution!

Oral sedation can be used if you are having mild anxiety and is a simple pill that is prescribed by your doctor for you to take an hour before coming in to the office. This oral medication is designed for mild to moderate anxiety about the dentist and can be more relaxing for patients than other types of sedation. A worry free dental experience can be achieved through this simple oral medication to calm your nerves and allow you to enjoy your day.

Nitrous Oxide is our must used treatment to calm patients during treatments! This method is administered through a demand-valve inhaler and a few minutes of breathing will relax your nerves, allow us to give your treatment, and then within a few minutes of turning the inhaler off, you will be ready to go! This method is very simple and allows our patients to have a worry free experience without taking an entire day for a treatment. You can return to work the same day without having negative effects!

The final sedation that we use is an IV sedation that is a deeper level of sedation for moderate to high levels of fear and anxiety. Unlike general anesthesia, you will remain conscious and able to cooperate during the procedure but without fear or anxiety! Different from oral or nitrous oxide, IV sedation will require some extra care after treatment. You will need to make sure you have someone drive you, and that you rest for the remainder of the day, avoiding any heavy meals, alcohol, or strenuous activities. After an IV Sedation procedure, you need to have a day off!

Of course, we would love to visit with you about any and all methods of comfort dentistry and how we can make your experience as stress-free as possible. We want you to be a part of our family and would love to help you face your fears. Come see us at Abilene Dental and find your dental home!