Does just the thought of visiting the dentist cause you fear and anxiety? You are not alone. In fact, it is estimated as much as 15% of Americans avoid the dentist due to dental fears and phobias. The discomfort can be due to several factors, such as the smells and sounds of the office, embarrassment, or a bad dental experience in the past. No matter the cause behind your anxiety, you can stop fearing the dentist with sedation dentistry. As your dentist in Allentown, Dr. John Salivonchik provides several options for sedation to help you relax and enjoy your time in our office.
Stop Fearing the Dentist
If you live with dental fears or certain issues that make visiting the dentist difficult, like TMJ or a strong gag reflex, you probably put your dental care on hold. However, by doing so, you place your oral health at risk. With sedation dentistry, you no longer have to avoid seeing the dentist. Dr. Salivonchik offers several types of sedation to help you overcome your unique situation. After performing a consultation and discussing your comfort level, he will determine the best form of medication to help you relax and feel comfortable.
Often, those who have severe fears, need extensive dental procedures, or have difficulty laying in one position benefit from IV sedation. This mediation is delivered intravenously, giving Dr. Salivonchik greater control over the amount that is administered. As a result, he can increase or decrease the amount you receive to cater to your individual comfort level. IV sedation will allow you to fully relax. You will no longer be aware you are in the dental office and you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you have mild to moderate dental phobias, a prescription medication can be taken prior to your appointment. The pills are taken orally to help you relax. You will become drowsy and may even fall asleep.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide sedation is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose. You will become extremely comfortable and will no longer be aware of your fears. You will remain conscious, but you will not feel any discomfort. This is ideal for those who just need a little help relaxing during a dental cleaning, filling, or tooth extraction.
Sit Back and Relax
Often, when you hear of sedation dentistry, your first concern is safety. Your safety and peace of mind are our top priority. Dr. Salivonchik is specially trained in sedation to safely and effectively administer the medication. In addition, we will monitor your vitals throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. After the procedure, you will continue monitoring your prior to allowing you to go home.
Your Sedation Dentist
If you have been avoiding your Allentown dentist due to dental fears, stop worrying. With sedation dentistry, you will conquer your fears to keep your oral health a priority. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.