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Sedation & Anxiety Management in Ashland, OR - Jones Family Dental

A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety or too sensitive to get treatment comfortably.  Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep.  In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.

Sedation dentistry is popular because most sedatives can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, no anxiety and no pain.  Some sedatives work so effectively that even the smells and details of the procedure cannot be recalled afterwards.  Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation dentistry offers both the individual and the dentist the best alternative.

Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver.  Sometimes, sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not advisable.

We will gather all of your medications and allergy/sensitivity information along with your health history and cross reference that information with a database of risks and complications to be sure that we offer the safest most effective sedation experience possible.

Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.
  • Few side effects.
  • More can be accomplished during each visit.
  • No needles.
  • No pain.
  • Perfectly safe.
  • Procedures seem to take less time.
  • Easily reversed if sedation level is too profound.

 

Here are some of the methods we utilize to manage the fear, pain, and anxiety that so many struggle with while going to the dentist.