If you have broken, missing, or hurting teeth but find yourself avoiding the dentist because of fear and anxiety, sedation dentistry may be right for you. From the mildly relaxing effects of nitrous oxide to the deeply restful state that IV sedation provides, finding a sedation option that will allow you to receive the dental treatments you need without fear or pain is possible.
It is very common for patients to experience anxiety and nervousness when visiting the dentist. At Porter Dental Health Clinic we are committed to helping you feel comfortable each time you come see us. We offer nitrous oxide and dental anesthesia to assist in maximizing your comfort at Porter Dental Health Clinic. Find more information about our comfort services in the links below.
What is Comfort Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides a variety of solutions that allow patients with dental anxiety and dental phobias to relax. At Porter Dental Health Clinic, we practice gentle dentistry. Hot Springs dentist Dr. Porter is trained in the delivery of a variety of sedation methods and will work closely with you to choose the one that best suits your unique needs. Whether you want to “take the edge off” or prefer dozing through your appointment (with little to no memory of your procedure), we have an option that is perfect for you.
When choosing a sedation method, it is good to know the levels of sedation that can be reached:
- Minimal sedation: This is the lowest level of sedation; you feel deeply relaxed but are awake and aware.
- Moderate sedation/conscious sedation: This is a deeper level of sedation that may cause you to slur your words and have delayed reaction times. You may not remember your treatment clearly.
- Deep sedation: This is the deepest level of conscious sedation; you may be on the edge of sleep or you may snooze, but you can still be awakened.
- General anesthesia: You will sleep through your treatment; you’ll be unable to be awakened until after the procedure.
Types of Sedation
At Porter Dental Health Clinic, we offer several sedation options. Dr. Porter will meet with you to decide which one is best for you.
- Nitrous Oxide: This sedation option is administered through the inhalation of nitrous oxide gas (a.k.a. laughing gas) and works well for those with mild anxiety. This is the most common form of sedation in dentistry. It’s easy to administer and wears off quickly, so patients are able to safely leave the office on their own.
- Dental Anesthesia: Local dental anesthesia is a medication that numbs a section of your mouth for a limited amount of time, eliminating the pain or discomfort associated with dental treatments. It does not affect your cognitive abilities, so you stay awake and alert through your treatment.
Who Can Perform Sedation Dentistry?
As part of our dedication to delivering gentle dentistry, Dr. Porter has completed the training and accreditation required to perform sedation dentistry. Arkansas’s dental board carefully regulates the use of sedation techniques, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
- Have a low pain threshold
- Struggle with sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex
- Need extensive work that requires multiple treatments; sedation dentistry allows the treatments to be done in fewer visits