Find Peace of Mind with Sedation Dentistry Services in Custer, SD
Have you ever felt anxious about a dental appointment or procedure? If you have, you may be interested in our sedation dentistry treatment options. Sedation dentistry allows patients to relax and enjoy their dental visit, even if they’ve suffered from dental anxiety in the past.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a service that is offered to patients prior to their regular procedure. Patients who participate in sedation dentistry are put into a state of relaxation before their appointment begins. Sedation dentistry patients are able to answer questions, but feel completely comfortable and at ease throughout their visit.
At our practice we offer nitrous oxide sedation for our dentistry services such as cosmetic or restorative procedures. With sedation dentistry, patients can even have multiple procedures done in a single visit!
Nitrous oxide is a tried and true method of sedation dentistry that has been used in dental procedures for decades. Patients love nitrous oxide because it has been proven to be both safe and effective.
When a patient chooses nitrous oxide sedation, they are administered the gas prior to their appointment using a special gas mask. After your procedure is over, nitrous oxide wears off quickly. Nitrous oxide patients don’t have to worry about finding someone else to drive them to and from the dentist office. The effects wear off quickly enough that it’s safe to drive.
In our office we offer Oral sedation dentistry by administration of oral sedative drugs. Oral conscious sedation works a little differently than nitrous oxide and has a more intense calming effect. Patients are prescribed a medication that usually belongs to the benzodiazepine family. These medications help reduce brain activity related to fear/anxiety. Some also induce drowsiness and even memory loss, which is helpful for extremely anxious patients.
Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. This means that they reduce your blood pressure and calm your breathing, placing the body in a safe state of relaxation. There is a longer onset than with nitrous oxide, which is why patients typically take the medication at home before coming to the office. The effects will wear off within a few hours of the appointment.
To schedule nitrous oxide or minimal oral sedation appointment, call us at our office today. Dr. Latinow will do her best to make your dental experience as pleasant and relaxed as possible in the Black Hills area!