By Erickson Dental Care
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Sedation DentistryDo your fears prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need? Sedation dentistry can turn checkups and treatments into stress-free experiences. Your Grants Pass, OR, dentists Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson use sedation to make dental visits much more pleasant for their patients with dental fears.

Why should I consider sedation dentistry?

Failing to receive dental care can have a serious impact on your dental and general health. Untreated cavities can become abscesses that destroy teeth and lead to infections that can jeopardize your health. Unfortunately, if you have a dental phobia, it's difficult to make or keep dental appointments, even if you're in pain.

Thanks to sedation dentistry, you'll feel calm and relaxed during your visit, and most importantly, won't feel any pain. If you've only been able to tolerate short periods in the dental chair in the past, you may find it much easier to make it through an entire examination or treatment. Once you've had a few successful visits, you might even discover that your fears aren't quite as intense.

What type of sedation is available in Grants Pass, OR?

Sedation options may vary depending on the dental office, but often include oral sedatives, inhalation conscious sedation and intravenous conscious sedation. Oral sedatives are pills that you'll take about an hour before your appointment. Because the sedatives can make you a little drowsy, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

Inhalation conscious sedation, commonly known as laughing gas, also helps you relax during appointments but doesn't affect your ability to drive. The gas is delivered through a small mask placed over your nose just before treatment begins. As soon as the gas is turned off at the end of the treatment, you'll no longer experience any effects of the sedative.

During intravenous conscious sedation, medication is delivered through an intravenous (IV) line placed in your arm. You won't actually fall asleep during your treatment, but you probably won't remember anything about it. You'll also need a lift to and from your appointment if you choose intravenous conscious sedation.

Get the dental care you need with sedation dentistry! Call your Grants Pass, OR, dentists Dr. Sten Erickson, Dr. Mart Erickson, and Dr. Rachel Erickson at (541) 476-3419 to schedule an appointment.