Modern dentistry is better than ever, but millions of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. David Rice DDS in Elgin provides sedation dentistry for those patients.
The most dangerous consequence of avoiding the dentist due to anxiety is waiting until pain becomes excruciating. At that point, the issue may be advanced and require extensive treatment.
Elgin-area people with dental anxiety should consider scheduling an appointment with David A. Rice, DDS. We provide several levels of sedation dentistry, and have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment.
Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dentistry for decades and is known to be effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed.
Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation.
Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is useful for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.
Level 4: General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is usually reserved for those patients who will not benefit from any other sedation. It puts the patient in a deep, sleep-like state.