Patient Comfort and Sedation Dentistry in Bryant
Approximately 35 million Americans feel nervousness about visiting the dentist. We know that dental phobia is real, and we strive to make our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Modern technology, like intraoral cameras, digital X-rays, and digital imaging, enables us to collect relevant data about your oral health without causing discomfort in the process. Once we assess the situation, and develop a plan, our team will listen to your concerns and answer any questions so that you know exactly what treatment entails. However, some patients need additional help relaxing during dental care, and that’s where sedation dentistry comes into play.
We offer nitrous oxide sedation for those patients who experience mild dental phobia, those who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex, and for those patients who do not become numb with local anesthesia alone. This mild form of sedation is often preferable for patients because it is administered entirely under the observation of the dentist and the effects take hold quickly. Because these effects wear off just as quickly, patients are typically able to resume their regular daily activities directly following treatment and drive themselves to and from their appointment.
For patients with extreme anxiety, Dr. David Ouellette may advise the use of oral conscious sedation. Prior to your appointment, you take a dose of anti-anxiety medication to enter a state of extreme relaxation. Patients remain conscious during treatment, but remember very little afterward. With oral conscious sedation, a family member or friend must drive you to and from the appointment because of the medication’s sedating effects. You can learn more about oral conscious sedation in our patient library
Alleviate pain and restore your oral health. For a sedation dentist in the Bryant, Benton, or Little Rock area, call our office to set up an appointment.