Sedation Dentist in Brady Offers Relaxing Care
Many people get nervous at the thought of visiting the dentist. If you, too, would prefer not to think about receiving dental care, that’s nothing unusual -- but that fear or anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with your oral health. If you have ever skipped or delayed needed dental care due to your nerves, it’s time to find a solution. Keep reading to find out how your sedation dentist in Brady, Dr. Greg Ritchie or Dr. Mendy Ritchie, can help!
Why Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of certain medications to help you relax throughout a dental appointment. It is a safe and effective method for patients of all ages. People who are nervous visiting the dentist can benefit from its practice, as well as people who have mobility issues that prevent them from reclining in the dental chair for extended periods of time.
Whatever your barriers to receiving dental care are, sedation dentistry is a wonderful resource for you because it just makes going to the dentist a little easier. It also allows your dentist to work more efficiently, without the need for pauses or separate appointments to complete longer treatments. That means undergoing sedation dentistry can help to reduce the amount of time you spend at the dentist’s office overall.
Know Your Options
We are pleased to offer patients two methods of sedation: nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) and oral conscious dental sedation in Brady. The one that is right for you depends on a few factors, including your age, level of anxiety on the day of your appointment, and the treatment that is being performed.
- Nitrous oxide: This form of sedation is administered through a mask that you wear around your nose. You breathe in the odorless gas during your treatment, and it makes you feel light, tingly, and even happy to be at the dentist’s. The effects take over quickly and also wear off soon after the mask is removed at the end of the appointment, allowing you to continue on about your day without any grogginess. Nitrous oxide can be used in children as well as adults.
- Oral conscious sedation: This type of sedation is administered in pill form and takes effect before you settle into the dental chair (make sure someone can take you to our office). The medicine relaxes you, taking your mind of what’s going around you and allowing you to remain calm throughout the treatment. The effects of oral conscious sedation will linger for a few hours after the appointment is complete, so plan for someone to drive you home and check on you for the next few hours.
When restorative work is being performed, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are combined with local anesthesia to numb the treatment site. Treatment only begins once we are sure you are completely comfortable and ready to start.
We Want to Help You Relax!
If you think you or a loved one could benefit from sedation dentistry, we would love to discuss how nitrous oxide or oral sedation can help to make your time at the dentist’s more enjoyable. We invite you to contact the Ritchie Dental Group today!