Comfort and Relaxation
Dr. Towe currently utilizes several methods to create a comfortable experience for your dental appointment. First of all, a well-informed patient is a relaxed patient. We ensure that every process is clearly explained and that that our patients are knowledgeable of each procedure that they need and receive.
Many people can feel anxious about visiting the dentist, a fear known as dental phobia. It prevents them from seeking routine preventative care, resulting in worsening of their dental health. Dental phobia can be relieved by sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication (anxiolytic drugs) to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people undergoing dental treatment. There are several different methods available to achieve varying levels of sedation, the choice is typically dependent on the type of procedure and patient preference.
Sedation dentistry is different from general anesthesia, during which the patient is put to sleep, and loses the ability to control all functions including breathing. During sedation dentistry, patients are typically still awake, but sleepy. A patient will still require an injection of local anesthesia, which is typically given once the sedation has taken effect. Sedation allows people to feel comfortable about undergoing complex and lengthy procedures. When under sedation, it can seem to patients that lengthy procedures have lasted for only a few minutes. This allows extensive treatment to be performed in only a few appointments.
Sedation dentistry may benefit those who:
- Have anxiety about visiting a dentist
- Have a low pain threshold
- Have sensitive teeth
- Cannot sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Gag easily
- Need a large amount of dental work done