Many adults have anxieties when it comes to seeing their dentist for a simple cleaning or an extensive treatment. It is common, and dentists such as Dr. Virtue of Yadkinville wants to make sure every patient who visits his practice is comfortable and at ease. Using sedation dentistry, patients can visit Virtue Dental Care and have a positive experience every time.
Using methods of sedation, Dr. Virtue and his team can help patients reduce fears and anxieties that surround a simple visit to the dental practice. One of two options may be selected for patients, nitrous oxide, or oral conscious sedation.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide can assist patients in feeling relaxed while resting in the dental chair for their treatment. It is administered via the nose through a special mask; the gas can relax patients almost immediately. Patients are conscious during their treatment and awake, but may become sleepy or giddy. They can answer questions and address the dentist when necessary. This is the perfect solution for patients with minor anxieties, and can help patients who have very strong gag reflexes or who will be in the dentist’s chair for extended treatments.
Patients who choose oral conscious sedation are required to speak to their dentist about this method well before their appointment. Patients take an oral medication that is prescribed to them before their visit, approximately one hour prior to when they need to arrive at the dental office. They must arrange transportation to and from their home. Patients are awake and conscious during their treatment, and can follow instructions and answer questions. They can even take a trip to the bathroom without assistance during their visit. However, once they have returned home and have rested and the sedation has worn off, they will awaken with little to no recollection of their visit.
Dr. Virtue of Virtue Dental Care is happy to provide patients with reliable options when it comes to sedatives to help them get the dental care they need and deserve. Patients interested in learning more about sedation dentistry can speak to the team at his practice and schedule an initial visit to discuss with Dr. Virtue the benefits they can enjoy with stress-free dental treatments!