If you’re a little anxious about seeing a dentist, you’re definitely not alone. An estimated 20 million Americans also share your dislike of being in the dental chair – so much so that they don’t ever make needed dental appointments. Millions of people who have not seen a dentist for five, 10, or even 15 years suffer needlessly.
“You don’t have to hide anymore,” says Jay Elliott, D.D.S. “For years, we have been trying to overcome ‘fear of the dentist’ and now have some of the most advanced techniques to do just that. Today, modern sedation dentistry, especially I.V. sedation, is helping people conquer their fears and achieve optimum oral health.”
Sedation dentistry is a procedure that helps you set aside dental anxieties for a few hours while a multitude of dental procedures are performed. Dr. Elliott offers I.V. sedation because he believes it’s more predictable than taking oral sleeping pill medication.
I.V. sedation dentistry produces a strong sensation of deep relaxation, well-being and euphoria combined with a feeling of self-control. Any fears a patient may have just disappear. Other benefits of I.V. sedation over pill sedation include:
• Administering the sedation element directly into the blood is more effective than taking a pill.
• If a patient isn’t sedated enough before the dental treatment begins, he or she can more readily be given extra medication right away.
• I.V. sedation produces a more profound, “amnesia effect,” which is very desirable for many fearful patients.
• Dentists with specialized training and special certification commonly use I.V. sedation. However, oral sedation courses encompass only about 20 hours of material.
“Patients are often surprised their teeth aren’t a lost cause,” says Dr. Elliott. “More often than not, they’re salvageable. With I.V. sedation dentistry, I can accomplish a lot of dental work in one day. My patients are able to have extractions, dental implants and root canals done in one appointment. After treatment, I ask my patients how they feel about their dental experience, and they generally have little, if any, memory of the procedures.”
A great deal of research has been done on I.V. sedation dentistry and so long as the sedation is carried out by a dentist who is trained and experienced in the technique, it has been shown to be extremely safe.
“I can safely say I.V. sedation dentistry is the best way to get the job done,” says Dr. Elliott. “Because the sedation element goes directly into the bloodstream, a patient doesn’t have to wait around the office getting more nervous while waiting for a pill to kick in. If a patient isn’t sedated enough before treatment starts, he or she can easily be administered extra medication immediately. With I.V. sedation most patients remember little to nothing about the dental treatment. But, perhaps the best thing about I.V. sedation is that the equivalent of perhaps 4, 5 or 6 visits can be compressed into just one visit.”
Dental anxiety, fear of the dentist or dental phobia is a serious, often paralyzing fear that keeps people from getting the dental care they need.
If you have this fear, please don’t hesitate to call New Teeth Dental Solutions today. Dr. Elliott is specifically trained to administer I.V. sedation and has successfully helped many fearful patients achieve greater dental health. Your initial consultation is free. Most insurance plans are accepted.