Even with all our skill and technological advancements, there is still likely to be some level of discomfort at some point during your dental procedure. However, cutting-edge sedation dentistry at Mill Creek Dental truly does offer an experience that is as painless and anxiety-free as possible. Even if you have an intense phobia of dentists, we offer sedation options that will make your Mill Creek visit as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
Depending on the procedure and the medical history of each patient, Dr. Michael Dostal, Dr. Lauren Andreas and Dr. Ryan Brittingham may offer nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Whether you’re looking for sedation dentistry for children or for yourself, we’ve got a safe, effective option that will work for your dental anxiety.
As you may have assumed, oral sedation is a prescribed medication you take orally. In some cases, it can be taken an hour before your treatment or upon arrival to our [city], [state] office. Depending on the type of medication as well as the potency of your prescription you may feel anything from a moderate decrease in anxiety to feeling so relaxed you fall asleep in the chair! We’ll provide detailed guidance on the sedation we provide you including whether or not you’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment.
Sometimes called “laughing gas” nitrous oxide is a gaseous medication you inhale through a nasal mask. Although you likely won’t laugh, you will feel drowsy and relaxed throughout your treatment. Expect to remain conscious, relaxed, and responsive throughout your care. After treatment is done, we’ll stop the nitrous oxide so you only breathe oxygen. The effects will wear off quickly allowing you to drive yourself home.
IV sedation is our most potent type of sedation, putting most patients into a deep sleep-like state. IV sedation is unique in that it has mild amnesiac effects. In other words, patients will often forget about their procedures altogether. This is typically our recommended form of sedation for patients with severe dental anxiety and/or for those who require extensive and complex treatments. In most instances, patients must be driven home after a procedure that involves IV sedation.
It is a sad reality that many people forgo dental treatment due to their fear of the dentist. Prolonging or putting off dental care can have detrimental effects on your overall health, as oral disease and inflammation often have physiological side effects. In other words, don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from getting the best dental care that you need and deserve.
At Mill Creek Dental, Dr. Dostal and Dr. Andreas have treated thousands of patients and will be pleased to speak with you about personalized sedation dentistry options that will make your trip to the office a simple, convenient and stress-free one.
We also accept most dental insurance and offer third-party financing options to make sure you’re getting the care and treatments you need. Call or visit our offices in Lee’s Summit, MO or Shawnee, KS today, and take charge of your dental health!
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