Going to the dentist, for most people, can be an uncomfortable experience. Most people are not comfortable with the whole process of laying back in a chair, a stranger putting their hands in their mouth, getting the third degree about why they don’t floss every day. It can all be overwhelming, and we understand that. We try to make our patient’s visits as comfortable and as gentle as possible on a daily basis.
An estimated 40 million Americans avoid dental care because of fear and anxiety. Forty million is a huge number, but I’m sure that number would shrink if those individuals knew how far along dental technology has come, and what options are available to them today.
Without regular trips to the dentist, your smile can diminish and your oral health can suffer. Sedation dentistry allows dentists to help people relax while at the same time allowing patients to respond to physical stimulation and verbal command. Putting off routine checkups and minor repairs can result in the need for much more invasive therapy.
Sedation dentistry has come a long way in even just the last 5 years, while Dr. Louis Core and Legacy Dental Group have stayed at the forefront of offering the latest advances in sedation dentistry available.
Dr. Core has offered sedation to his patients for well over a decade to help them relax and overcome their anxiety of coming to the dentist. His number one belief is to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible while they are here in our office, and will do anything in his power to ensure that his patient’s needs are met at every step of the way.
The most common form of sedation that Dr. Core offers is IV sedation. With IV sedation, the sedative is administered through an IV straight into the bloodstream so it goes to work much faster than any other type of sedation. This method allows Dr. Core to quickly and continually adjust the level of sedation his patients are receiving as needed for the situation.
Dr. Core has taken over 100 hours of continuing education on sedation dentistry, making him one of the top sedation dentists in Arizona. The Arizona Board of Dental Examiners often tasks Dr. Core to travel around the state evaluating the practices and procedures of all other dentists in Arizona before they can get licensed to practice sedation dentistry. Dental Town Magazine, a nationally published magazine for dentists, just asked Dr. Core to write an article educating dentists on the best practices of IV sedation.
If you have avoided treatment because you dislike dental visits, sedation dentistry can allow you to comfortably receive the care you need. Sedation dentistry is ideal if you have:
- A high level of fear or anxiety
- Suffered past traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- An overactive gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- A fear of needles and shots
- The need to complete several procedures in a limited time period
- A strong dislike of the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care
All of these examples can be easily managed in a comfortable environment by sedation dentistry so if you, like 40 million other Americans, are avoiding the dentist because of the above reasons, sedation dentistry is definitely the path to choose.
When you choose to have your dentistry done under sedation, there are a couple of steps that need to be taken before the appointment. Usually Dr. Core will prescribe a mild sedative, in the form of a pill, for you to take about an hour before the appointment, just to calm your nerves before the appointment. You will have to secure a driver to drive you to and from your appointment because you will be under the influence of sedative drugs, and legally, we cannot let you leave the office, or drive home unsupervised. You should wear loose-fitting sleeves, or a short-sleeved shirt to allow Dr. Core to access a vein for the IV.
The most frequent question we get from our patients is, “Can I eat anything the day of the appointment, or do I have to fast like my medical doctor tells me to?” The difference between the anesthesia a medical doctor uses and the IV sedation that we use is that you are still conscious under IV sedation, and under deep sedation, or the anesthesia in the hospital, you are unconscious. Because they are so different, you are able to have a light breakfast and something to drink before your appointment.
After the appointment is over, Dr. Core reverses the sedation drugs, and lets them wear off for a while before you will be dismissed, but you will still feel the effects of the sedative for a few hours afterward, and should spend most of the rest of the day relaxing. If you have ever seen the YouTube videos, you will kind of know what to expect, although those are extreme cases.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, or want to inquire more about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call, or email us at any time.