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Anxiety-Reducing Sedation Dentistry in Southfield, MI

On average, 4% of the global population suffers from anxiety disorders, while 36% of individuals in the U.S. experience dentophobia (fear of dentists). At Michigan Gum Docs, we recognize the anxiety that can come with dental procedures involving poking and prodding your teeth and gums. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. With our sedation dentistry options, we can alleviate your anxiety and make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

Our sedation dentistry services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. Whether you experience mild nervousness or severe dental phobia, we have the expertise and resources to help you relax during your visit. Offering three different forms of sedation dentistry, including IV sedation, nitrous oxide, and oral conscious sedation, our professionals are here to address your concerns. Seek dental treatments without fear at Michigan Gum Docs—schedule an appointment today.

Overcome Your Dental Anxiety & Enhance Your Experience

While sedation dentistry is typically associated with major dental procedures, such as tooth extractions and osseous surgery, it’s a versatile option that can also benefit patients undergoing minor treatments. Serving as a calming medication, easing the anxiety that may arise during dental visits, sedation dentistry can aid with conditions such as sensitive gag reflex, fear of needles, or overly sensitive teeth.

Additionally, sedation dentistry can create a more relaxed environment for patients who suffer from general anxiety surrounding dental visits. Whether it’s due to a past negative experience, general anxiety disorder, or dentophobia, this additive can be beneficial to everyone.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

At Michigan Gum Docs, our goal is simple: to make each visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. With the help of sedation dentistry, maintaining your oral health is easy, especially considering the benefits it offers.

  • Reduce fears and anxiety
  • Quicker procedures
  • Versatile sedation options
  • Safe and effective treatment
  • Minimize pain and discomfort

Our Dental Sedation Options

IV Sedation Dentistry

If you struggle with severe anxiety or fear when it comes to dental care, IV sedation is an excellent choice to ease your mind and provide you with peace of mind during your dental treatment. Rather than adding to your nerves by putting you to sleep, IV sedation dentistry allows you to stay awake during your procedure and be able to respond to commands while our dental team works. However, you’ll enter a heightened state of relaxation that may have an amnesic effect once the procedure is over.

It’s important to note that you will need someone to drive you home from our Southfield, MI, office if you choose to undergo IV sedation dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is one of the most well-known forms of sedation treatments in the dental industry. Ideal for patients with mild to moderate feelings of anxiety or discomfort, nitrous oxide is here to make your dental treatment as comfortable as possible. We’ll administer the gas through a mask that fits over the nose, and by the time you count backward from ten, you’ll fall into a deep state of relaxation.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

If you have a severe phobia of being unconscious during any form of medical treatment, dental services included, then oral conscious sedation dentistry is the solution for you. This sedation approach is straightforward, as simple as taking an Aspirin, and allows you to be awake and responsive during your entire procedure. But, rather than having a feeling of dread, you’ll remain relaxed and at ease.

Your questions answered.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

The amount of time it takes for sedation dentistry to start working will depend on the type of sedation you choose. With IV sedation, it can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes for you to fall asleep, whereas with nitrous oxide, it only takes two to three minutes. For oral conscious sedation dentistry, you may need to wait anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes before you feel the effects.

If you’re questioning which form of sedation dentistry is right for you, the dentists at Michigan Gum Docs are here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to have a more in-depth conversation about your options.

When it comes to sedation dentistry, the side effects are very minimal. The most common side effects include drowsiness, grogginess, and a feeling of disorientation following the procedure. Some individuals may experience nausea or vomiting, although this is very rare.

Additionally, sedation can affect coordination and judgment. Because of this, you’ll want to arrange for someone to accompany you home after your appointment.

Sedation dentistry is generally safe for the majority of patients, but it may not be suitable for everyone. Certain factors, such as overall health, medical history, current medications, and specific conditions, can influence the safety and effectiveness of dental sedation. We advise those who are pregnant or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea to talk with their doctor before undergoing sedation.

Providing Continued Support For Oral Health

As the top-rated gum and implant doctors in Southeast Michigan, we’re here for all your oral health needs. Schedule an appointment today.

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