Not everyone looks forward to visiting the dentist. Even worse, some people suffer from severe dental phobia and extreme dental anxiety. These conditions can unfortunately prevent many anxiety-sufferers from getting the crucial general dentistry treatments they need.
If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of dental visits, The Smile Center can help you feel more comfortable through sedation dentistry. Through the controlled use of safe and effective sedatives, our sedation dentists can ease you into a calm and relaxed state, enabling you to achieve and maintain a strong, healthy, beautiful smile.
To learn more about your sedation options at The Smile Centre, contact us today. If you live in the Sarasota area of Florida, contact our Palm Aire location online or at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. If you live in or around Venice, Florida, please contact us online or at 941-497-5451. With three convenient locations, we welcome patients from in and around Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton, Florida.
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gentle, non-addictive gas that can calm your nerves to help you more easily tolerate dental exams, cleanings and other treatments. Nitrous oxide earned its nickname for a reason; it often induces a sensation of euphoria (and can even invoke a case of the giggles). For most patients, the overriding feeling is one of relaxation and tranquility.
Nitrous oxide is gently administered through a comfortable nosepiece. After a few minutes of breathing the gas in through your nose, you will begin to feel the effects of the gas. You’ll be alert and conscious throughout the duration of your nitrous oxide sedation; you’ll just feel more serene. Upon the completion of your dental procedure, the nitrous oxide will be turned off and pure oxygen will be sent through the nosepiece and the effects of the nitrous oxide will quickly diminish.
If you would prefer to attain a more relaxed state than nitrous oxide can provide, The Smile Centre also offers also offers oral sedation, also known as conscious sedation. For this sedation option, you be given a pill to take prior to your appointment. Oral sedation is a popular method among our patients, enabling them to receive important dental treatments comfortably, free from fear and anxiety. Your pulse blood pressure and oxygen levels will be closely monitored throughout your treatment to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.
Oral sedation may be an ideal option for you if:
- You have an aversion to needles
- You are seeking an alternative to nitrous oxide sedation
- You have sensitive teeth or gums
- You are planning on undergoing extensive dental work
- You have TMJ or a severe gag reflex
- It is difficult for you to get numb at the dentist’s office
- You are nervous about visiting the dentist
If you choose this oral sedation, it will be important to find someone to drive you home following your appointment.
For cases of extreme dental anxiety or patients who are undergoing extensive restorative work, such as a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction, IV sedation may be the ideal solution. Also referred to as general anesthesia, this sedation method involves the intravenous delivery of medication.
For this sedation option, medication will be administered through an IV attached to your arm. Your oxygen levels blood pressure and pulse will be constantly monitored throughout the duration of your treatment to ensure your safety.
IV sedation dentistry may be right for you if you:
- Have trouble getting numb at the dentist
- Have an extensive dental problem
- Have sensitive teeth
- Would like to complete extensive treatment in just one visit
- Need to have oral surgery
- Have an overactive gag reflex
- Suffer from mild or severe dental anxiety
As with oral sedation, it will be necessary for you to arrange a ride home with a friend or family member after your procedure. The person helping you may also need to stay with you at home for a few hours while the medication wears off.
Contact Us Today
We know how overwhelming dental anxiety can feel for those who suffer from the condition. To learn how our sedation dentists can help you feel at ease and able to receive the dental care you deserve, contact The Smile Centre today to schedule a consultation. If you live in the Sarasota area of Florida, contact our Palm Aire location online or at 941-351-4468 or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. If you live in or around Venice, Florida, please contact us online or at 941-497-5451. Our three convenient locations serve the Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton areas of Florida and other nearby communities.