Dr. Salivonchik and his staff won’t deny that some patients would rather not see us. However, we also won’t deny these patients their right to have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. If you’re hesitant or even fearful of coming to the dentist, then please speak to anyone of us about sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, Coplay and the surrounding communities are able to safely relax during any dental procedure, so we can provide the dental care you need.
You may know nitrous oxide by its other name—laughing gas. This colorless gas that has a slightly sweet odor and taste often creates a feeling of euphoria that can give you the giggles. In the dentist’s office, however, we use it to help nervous or anxious patients relax. A measured dose of nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nose mask during treatment. As you inhale, you become less aware of your fear, so Allentown sedation dentist Dr. Salivonchik and his team can complete your care while you rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair.
When your appointment ends, we remove the mask and the effects of nitrous oxide lift almost immediately. You’ll be able to drive and carry on with your day as usual.
When most people think of IV sedation, major surgery comes to mind. However, IV sedation can also be used to help dental patients who have a debilitating phobia of dentistry. For some, the memories of a dental appointment gone wrong or just the sights and sounds in a dentist’s office are more than they can handle. We also have patients whose sensitive gag reflex or symptoms of TMJ prevent them from comfortably keeping their mouths open for any length of time. In these cases, Dr. Salivonchik may recommend IV sedation.
The level of sedation you receive is matched to your degree of anxiety or discomfort. Some of our patients need just enough to help them relax while others need a stronger dose that renders them unconscious. In most cases, patients manage well with light sedation, so we can talk to them during a procedure.
If you will be having IV sedation from the dentist in Allentown, then you may not eat or drink for eight hours before your appointment. Most prescription medications are permissible. While you are having IV sedation dentistry in Coplay, we always carefully monitor your vital signs because your health and safety is our number one concern.
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If would like to know more about sedation dentistry, of if you need to schedule an appointment, then contact the dental practice of Dr. Salivonchik in Coplay, PA.