If you avoid dental work because it makes you feel anxious, consider sedation dentistry at Dental Illusions. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers and monitors you for the entire duration of your sedation. Although this process helps you feel extremely relaxed during dental work, you may not fall completely asleep. You will likely drift in and out of sleep instead. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are other options to consider.
Administration of IV Sedation
To start your IV sedation, a member of our staff gently places a thin needle into your hand or arm. Medication comes through a tube into your bloodstream to help you relax. We always try to use as little medication as possible to help achieve the desired effect. If we can’t locate a vein to start IV sedation, we will use an alternative method to help you feel comfortable before we start dental work.
Senior Dental Patients
It’s not uncommon for patients in the senior population to avoid going to the dentist, but regular preventive care is more important than ever. That is because the risk of tooth and bone loss increases with age. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim have years of experience treating patients in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s.
We respect that the older patient may have legitimate reasons for avoiding the dentist, such as limited income, difficulty with transportation, and needing to attend to other health concerns. They may also feel embarrassed of their oral health problems. Whatever the reason for the anxiety, our sedation dentistry options will quickly put older patients at ease.
Working with the Disabled
Some disabilities make it especially challenging for people to look after their own oral health. It may be physically impossible to brush and floss or the patient may have problems with a dry mouth or severe gag reflex. It can also be challenging to find a skilled, compassionate dentist when you or a family member has a disability. Sedation dentistry helps to reduce challenges and help people with disabilities feel calm about their upcoming dental procedure.
A Solution for Those with Dental Phobia
Some people may poke fun at dental phobia, but we know it’s a real thing that prevents too many patients from getting the oral healthcare they need. Whether it’s a previous stressful experience from a dental appointment, a fear of drills or needles, a strong gag reflex, or another reason, we respect your challenge and work with you to overcome it. Our staff will explain exactly what you can expect before we provide sedation as well as during the appointment.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or schedule an appointment, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.