By Kenneth Krause, D.M.D.
July 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Alleviate dental phobias and anxieties by opting for sedation dentistry in Westfield.

Anywhere from about 9 to 15 percent of Americans actually avoid their dentist out of fear. That’s 30 to 40 million people who aren’t Sedationgetting the proper oral care they need to maintain healthy smiles. If you share the same sentiments as these millions of Americans then find out how your Westfield family dentist Dr. Kenneth Krause can help eliminate your fears.

About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses certain medications to help you to achieve a more calming and relaxing dental visit that is free of all the worry you have regarding dental procedures and your dentist. There are two common forms of sedation dentistry in Westfield:

Oral sedation

Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill and is usually taken about a half hour before your treatment to give time for the medication to take effect. Oral sedation offers minimal to more moderate levels of sedation by taking an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medication like Valium or Xanax. Some patients may become drowsy or even fall asleep during their procedure. A gentle nudge is all the patient will need to awaken.

Inhalation sedation

Better known as “laughing gas”, the patient breathes in nitrous oxide through a mask that is placed over their nose. This gas will instantly relax you as your Westfield dentist Dr. Krause continues to control the amount of nitrous oxide you receive during your treatment. What makes inhalation sedation a great option is that the effects of the gas wear off quickly so patients can return to their daily activities or even drive themselves home.

There are different levels of sedation that can be achieved depending on the invasiveness of your procedure or how many procedures are being performed in a single visit. Your Westfield dentist Dr. Krause will determine which level of sedation is right for you.

The Right Way to Treat Dental Anxiety

So when should you consider getting dental sedation? If you suffer from any of these issues then talk to your Westfield family dentist about getting sedation dentistry for your next appointment:

  • You have fear or anxiety related to dental treatments or seeing your dentist
  • You have a sensitive gag reflex
  • You require several procedures performed at once
  • You suffer from back, neck or shoulder problems
  • You find it difficult to sit for long periods of time
  • You want to feel more relaxed during your dental visit

There are a countless number of reasons why sedation dentistry is a great choice for many patients who walk through the door nervous about the dentist. Interested in finding out if sedation dentistry is right for you? Your Westfield family dentist Dr. Krause is happy to sit down with you and discuss your sedation options for a stress-free visit.

Nothing is more important than a healthy smile. Our goal is to also provide good mental wellbeing with each dental visit. Call Krause Dental today!