Sedation Dentistry – Carmel, IN
A Comfortable Way to Receive the Care You Need
Over 30 million Americans fail to receive the oral care they need annually because of dental anxiety or phobia. This is especially unfortunate given the possible challenges patients can face, which can range from the development of periodontal (gum) disease to acute tooth infection. Without being addressed in a timely manner, such problems can soon mushroom into greater issues. To mitigate this, Dr. David J. Kristoff provides sedation dentistry. So if you want to receive the important dental care you need in a pleasant and comfortable manner, then contact our Mt. Carmel office to schedule a visit today!
What is Sedation Dentistry?
As the word ‘sedate’ suggests, this form of treatment is geared toward calming and relaxing patients so they can receive the vital dental care they need. Here are the two forms that we offer at our office:
This is the most common type of sedation dentistry, which uses nitrous gas to place patients in a jovial and relaxed mood. The medication, which is administered via a mask that covers the nose, can be adjusted throughout the treatment process to provide the most comfort.
Once it’s discontinued, the medication wears off relatively quickly. Thus, you’ll be able to return to your normal duties afterward.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For more acute cases of anxiety and phobia, we provide patients with oral conscious sedation. Delivered in pill form, your sedation dentist in Carmel will typically have patients take it before leaving or upon arriving at our office. Therefore, once it’s time for the treatment process to start, the medication has kicked in.
If this is the prescribed route for you to take, then you’ll need to have someone accompany you to our office. That’s because it can take hours for the medication to fully wear off. Thus, for the rest of the day, Dr. Kristoff recommends that you don’t operate any heavy machinery, which includes your vehicle.
The Difference Between Sedation Dentistry and Anesthesia
To prevent any confusion, let’s now take a look at the difference between sedation dentistry and anesthesia, since the two are sometimes confused. Sedation dentistry is purely geared toward relaxation. Thus, when you’re medicated, you’ll typically be conscious – just very relaxed. However, with the stronger oral conscious sedation, you may not be able to remember what all has happened during the dental visit.
Anesthesia, on the other hand, is designed to render you unconscious. This is typically reserved for patients who require more complex procedures or who suffer from more acute forms of phobia.
Pay Us a Visit
One of the great things about paying us a visit to discuss any of your uncertainties or fears is that we won’t judge you. We know that for some people, visiting our office to receive any type of care can be a little intimidating. Thus, we’ve created a relaxed atmosphere full of friendly staff members to guide you every step of the way. To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can be of benefit to you, contact us to schedule a visit today!