Dr. Alfano Makes Relaxing Easy
Did you know that more than one in ten people have a fear of the dentist or dental procedures that are so intense that they avoid going at all? If this sounds like you, it’s all right. Dr. Alfano has been practicing dentistry for 25 years — he’ll help.
At Balboa Island Dentistry, we want to make sure that your smile stays healthy for years to come. However, for that to happen, you have to visit our office biannually for routine checkups. We can make sure that your visit isn’t troublesome or scary because we feature dental sedation, which will help you relax during your treatment and reduce the overwhelming sensations associated with your procedure.
Types of Sedation
Dental sedation isn’t something that every dentist can offer. There’s an intensive program that doctors need to complete to have the ability to administer this treatment assistance. Fortunately, Dr. Alfano is qualified to use two types of sedation: nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
Depending on the severity of your anxiety, your unique needs, and the intensity of the procedure, one of these options will significantly improve your experience.
For patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety, Dr. Alfano will likely recommend nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas. This form of sedation will allow you to relax and enjoy a stress-free procedure without having to lose total consciousness.
Nitrous oxide sedation begins with Dr. Alfano placing a mask over your nose. The mask is connected to a machine that combines oxygen and nitrous oxide into a safe, inhalable mixture. After a few deep breaths, you’ll start to feel calm. When you’re calm and relaxed, it makes the procedure go smoothly and will ensure that you spend the least amount of time in the dentist’s chair.
Typically, the effects of the gas take about an hour to wear off. For this reason, we insist that you have someone drive you home following your procedure. It can be a friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone else — as long as you’re not driving.
If your anxiety is a little stronger, between moderate and severe, you might benefit from oral sedation. This form of sedation is a simple as taking your morning vitamins — all you need to do is take a small pill about an hour before treatment. When you arrive, you’ll already be relaxed and ready for your procedure.
Oral sedation will make you feel drowsy, although you’ll still be conscious. Depending on the length of your treatment, the effects of the pill could linger for an hour or so once you leave. It’s because of this that you need somebody to pick you up after treatment.
Who Could Benefit?
If dental sedation sounds like something that could help you, ask Dr. Alfano at your next checkup, he’ll answer any questions you have and be able to determine which form of sedation would work best for your unique situation.
Patients typically choose sedation because they have:
- A gag reflex
- A low pain tolerance
- Sensitive teeth
- An extensive amount of dental work
- A fear or anxiety that prevents them from routine dental appointments
- An inability to sit still in the dentist’s chair