Are you afraid of the dentist? If so, you’re like millions of other people. Like you, they really do want a healthy, beautiful smile and know it can be achieved if only fear wasn’t in the way.
We understand. Dental phobia affects 9-20% of us. It’s pretty common, so if you suffer, you’re definitely not alone.
Dental phobia causes:
· avoidance behavior
· severe dental issues that could have been intercepted earlier
· investment of more time and expense
· loss of sleep
· intense uneasiness.
If you have dental fear, it’s essential that you speak to us, your dentist in Tigard, so that we understand your feelings. Don’t be afraid – we’ve worked with hundreds of people who experience fear – we’ve helped them and we’ll help you!
Could IV sedation be right for you?
Intravenous (IV) sedation, sometimes called monitored anesthesia, is a type of sedation that administers drugs to you through a vein. Depending on your treatment, the amount of anesthetic will range from a very small amount so that you feel drowsy, to enough to make you “sleep” through your appointment.
But well before hand, when we’re discussing your treatment plan, we’ll talk with you about your level of fear and the sedation level you prefer. We may ask that you fast for several hours prior, and we’ll review your medications to be aware of any possible interactions with the sedation medication. Everything will be determined in reviewed thoroughly in advance, so you’ll know what to expect.
As certified specialists, you will be monitored continuously while under anesthesia, and we’ll be there for you before and after your treatment so that you have the maximum emotional and physical comfort level.
If you choose IV sedation for your dental care, you’ll need someone to take you home from your appointment. You will not have the ability to drive as your concentration and coordination will be dull for several hours afterwards.
If you’re one of our current patients, or if you’re new to us, and if you think IV sedition is for you, call us at (503) 433-8256 and let us know! The most important thing is to talk to us about your anxieties and concerns. We will work closely with you to determine the best solution so you can get the care you want and need. Call Total Health Dental today!