If you have a hard time scheduling dental appointments, you are not alone. Drs. Murphree and Reed and their entire staff understand what it is like to have fears about dentistry. They want you to understand that it is possible to resolve your dental issues without even remembering the details of your appointment.
That’s why they are sedation dentists. They have seen many of their patients overcome the fear and begin to enjoy regular dental care. Here’s what goes into their approach to sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentist Treatment
The first thing you need to understand is that at least a third of all Americans suffer from some kind of dental phobia. It usually stems from a bad experience with a dentist who was insensitive to the patient’s feelings or pain level. So the solution is to provide you with a supportive atmosphere in which you can experience completely pain-free dentistry.
If you have ever had a dentist work on you before you were completely numb, it can be absolutely terrifying to contemplate returning. Sometimes this leads to years of neglect, and more serious problems. Rest assured, you will not be judged. You will be treated with the respect you deserve for overcoming your fear enough to try a new dentist.
Nitrous oxide is a kind of sedation mixed with oxygen. It is breathed in through a nose mask, leaving your mouth free. The effects of nitrous oxide will not only help you relax, it can increase the effectiveness of novocaine. And you may not know it, but there is a way to administer novocaine without any pain at all. Both Drs. Murphree and Reed know how to do this.
Once your treatment is complete, you will breathe just oxygen for a few minutes after we remove the sedation from the mix. Nitrous oxide leaves your system as soon as you stop breathing it, so you can drive and return to your normal activities after your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Drs. Murphree and Reed also offer a deeper level of conscious sedation. Conscious sedation means that you will be awake, and you will be able to participate in your appointment. You will be provided with a pill to take before your appointment, and it will leave you in such a relaxed, sleepy state, that you’ll be indifferent. And afterwards, you will likely not remember your appointment.
The only drawback to oral conscious sedation is that you will have to ask someone to drive you to and from the office. You’ll be too relaxed to do so.
Click here to read more about how Drs. Murphree and Reed help patients on our cater to cowards dentist page. Call us or visit our request an appointment page. We’ll help you find a convenient time for an appointment. If you’d rather talk to Dr. Murphree or Reed and see the office and staff first, we’ll be happy to schedule you for a complimentary consultation.