At Rochester Advanced Dentistry, we understand why dental fear occurs and will help you banish it. Whether it’s fear of anesthetic needles, discomfort with having your mouth inspected, or a bad dental experience in the past, there is a way to put high anxiety behind you and start paying better attention to the health of your teeth and gums.
To learn whether minimal sedation dentistry can help with your dental fear, please call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment with a Rochester, MI minimal sedation dentist at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.
How Minimal Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Minimal sedation dentistry is a great way to overcome dental fear. However, it also helps many people who might not think they have significant fear. This includes people who:
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have trouble getting numb
- Can’t sit still
- Tense during dental appointments
- Have excess or lingering soreness following an appointment
- Want or need to have a lot of treatments performed at once
Many of these secondary effects, such as the gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, and being fidgety or tense during an appointment are linked to dental fear. Whether they are linked to fear for you or not, all these effects benefit from minimal sedation dentistry. In addition, it’s a lot easier to sit still for longer treatment with sedation.
Benefits of Oral Minimal Sedation
The most common form of sedation dentistry is oral minimal sedation. In this form, you are prescribed a relaxing medication in a pill. Usually one that you take before your appointment, but sometimes one to help you sleep the night before for people with extreme anxiety. Depending on your situation, you may take the pill before you come to our office or you might take it once you arrive. Sometimes we will prescribe one of each to help manage the level and duration of sedation. In any case, you need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
The benefits of this approach include:
- Easy to use
- Can help combat pre-appointment anxiety
- Can help you sleep the night before
- Effective on moderate to severe anxiety
- Very safe
- Almost everyone is a candidate
Before your appointment, we will talk about your goals, concerns, and medical history to make sure that oral minimal sedation is the right choice for you. Then we’ll prescribe the medication that will work best for your needs and is safe for your condition.
Minimal Sedation Dentistry Process
Consult with our dentist to learn if minimal sedation is right for you. If it is, we will schedule your appointment and prescribe medication.
Usually, you take one pill before coming to the office, and a second when you arrive. You will need someone to drive you to your appointment.
Sit back and relax while your dentistry is completed. You will have time to recover. Then we will release you to a responsible
Work with a DOCS Sedation Dentist
The safety, effectiveness, and convenience of minimal sedation dentistry increases when you work with a well-trained dentist. Since 1999, the leading institute for sedation dentistry is DOCS, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. DOCS is dedicated to developing science-based guidelines for best practices, and turning these into protocols that dentists use to ensure the safety and effectiveness of sedation dentistry. We are proud to follow these protocols and offer the highest standard of care to our patients.
We encourage you to thoroughly research the issue when choosing your dentist for minimal sedation. You will learn that a DOCS dentist is your best choice.
Break the Cycle of Dental Fear with Minimal Sedation Dentistry
Minimal sedation dentistry offers a way to sidestep the feelings of fear that may accompany you in the dentist’s chair. It is very safe, thoroughly tested, and FDA-approved. We will give you a sedative medication before the treatment which induces relaxation and allows you to undergo several hours of treatment. You will be awake and able to interact, but will have little or no memory of the treatment once the medication wears off. In a few hours, you’ll be back to normal with a beautiful new smile and a healthier mouth.
With our minimal sedation dentistry technique, you can improve your smile with virtually any treatment we offer, including:
Fearful patients can’t afford to ignore their dental health any longer! The links between dental health and overall body health are strong, and ignoring your teeth and gums could have serious consequences.
Discover the soothing minimal sedation dentistry option for any dentistry procedure that causes you stress. Call (248) 656-2020 or email the experienced smile makeover team at Rochester Advanced Dentistry today for your personal consultation on minimal sedation dentistry.