Take the Fear Out of Dental Care
Do you worry about—or flat-out avoid—going to the dentist? You’re not alone! Many people experience some form of dental anxiety.
If you feel anxious about going to the dentist, your friends at Ariata Dental can help you find relief and get the treatment you need.
Dental Anxiety Is Common—Ariata Dental Can Help
Dental fear is reportedly the number one reason people avoid the dentist. It’s estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some kind of dental fear, from mild to severe.
A person with extreme dental phobia may never see the dentist. Others may force themselves to go, but they’re anxious before and during their visit.
People who fear the dentist often fall into a “cycle of avoidance.” They avoid care until a dental emergency emerges, sometimes requiring invasive treatment that causes an even higher level of anxiety and reinforcing their fear of dentistry.
It doesn’t have to be this way! New treatment options are available for people who experience any level of dental anxiety.
The Ariata Dental Approach to Sedation Dentistry
At Ariata Dental, we’re sensitive to dental phobias. We understand that dental anxiety usually comes from personal experience.
If you suffer from a dental condition like TMJ disorder, your anxiety may be especially high. That’s why it’s so important to find the right dentist.
We’ll try to help you relax during your visit by discussing your needs in a non-clinical environment before any procedure.
Our friendly staff is also trained to administer the latest options in sedation dentistry, including:
- Inhalation Sedation (Laughing Gas)
- Oral Sedation (Valium, Halcion)
- IV Sedation (Conscious Sedation)
We can help you overcome dental anxiety using a combination of behavioral strategies and pharmacological techniques. So put your fears to rest because we’ve got you covered!
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered directly into your arm or hand. It’s often referred to as “conscious sedation” instead of general anesthesia. With IV sedation, patients breathe on their own while their vitals are monitored and are still responsive to their dentist’s prompts.
Under a general anesthetic, patients are more deeply sedated, need assistance breathing, and are not responsive to verbal or physical prompts.
During IV sedation, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) administers and monitors intravenous anesthesia throughout your procedure. This lets our dental team focus on your treatment while you feel deeply relaxed and comfortable. IV sedation with a CRNA is more predictable than oral sedation.
Just like with oral sedation, you’ll need to have a driver ready to take you home after the procedure. They’ll also need to monitor you, because some effects of the medication may linger for the rest of the day.
Another common method of reducing fear and anxiety related to visiting the dentist is oral sedation with pills. Anti-anxiety medications such as Valium and Halcion bind with receptors in your brain that cause fear to help you remain calm.
Depending on the type of medication and how much you take, you’ll feel a sense of calm, drowsiness, minor amnesia, and tingling sensations.
While these sedatives may help you feel calmer and sometimes drowsy during dental treatment, you’ll still be conscious and able to communicate with our staff at Ariata dental. The effects of oral sedation will last for a while, so you’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment.
Laughing gas is a common anxiety-reducing technique used in dentistry. It’s inhaled through a small mask worn on the nose and causes feelings of relaxation and dissociation. Laughing gas has successfully helped many anxious patients relax, and you could be one of them.
Laughing gas is just one option your dentist may offer to help you relax, but it’s not intended to put you to sleep. You’ll still be able to hear and respond to directions, but don’t expect to be fully lucid.
While inhaling laughing gas, you may experience a range of feelings, from heightened relaxation to a full-body euphoria. Everyone will react a bit differently, but you can rest assured that this is an effective option for mitigating pain and nervousness.
We’ll adjust the level of medication so it’s just right for you, and the effect should wear off quickly after your treatment. Many patients drive themselves home after procedures where laughing gas is used.
Gentle Dental Care – We Care About Your Comfort!
Our Ariata Dental team is trained to be sensitive to dental phobias, and we’ll do all we can to make your experience comfortable, both physically and emotionally.
With the sedation options we offer, you can make it through your dental appointment with little to no anxiety. We want you to rest easy knowing that we’ll always do our best to make sure you’re comfortable.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The benefits of sedation dentistry include:
- Being totally relaxed during your dental visit
- Taking care of complex procedures in a single visit
- Catching up on years of put-off dental visits
- A licensed nurse anesthetist or licensed doctor administers your sedatives, so no medical risk
- Depth of sedation is monitored and tailored to your needs. Afterward you’ll be alert and ready to go on with your day
What to Expect With Sedation Dentistry
If you’re considering sedation at Ariata Dental, here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure.
If you’re considering sedation dentistry, the first step is scheduling a consultation with your dentist’s office.
They’ll listen to your wants and needs, and look at your medical records to determine if sedation is right for you. You may not be a candidate for dental sedation if you use certain medications or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, heart complications, or weight conditions.
If you’re a candidate for sedation at our Gurnee office, we’ll help you determine the type of sedation that’s right for you.
At Ariata Dental, our team is trained to gently guide you through the process of overcoming dental phobias. We’ll make you comfortable by building your trust before carrying out any procedures.
If you’ve chosen laughing gas, the effects will wear off a few minutes after your procedure. You’ll be able to drive yourself home.
If you’re chosen oral or IV sedation, you’ll wake up in our recovery room. Since oral and IV sedatives take a longer period to wear off, you’ll need someone else to drive you home.
Once you’re home, relax! Your body needs time to recover after oral surgery. Sometimes, you’ll need to eat a soft diet or avoid certain foods for a few weeks. Dr. Hosseini will explain your specific recovery guidelines, but feel free to ask if you have questions about your situation.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
There are risks with any sedation procedure. An experienced dentist with the proper education, certification, and permits (like our Ariata Dental doctors) can minimize these risks. Sedation dentistry is safe, even for children, when it’s done correctly.
Dental sedation is not right for everyone in Gurnee. Certain medications, obstructive sleep apnea, heart conditions, or weight can all increase the risk of complications.
Experienced, Capable Staff
Ariata Dental staff will monitor your health and well-being throughout your treatment. They’ll explain what you can expect after your treatment is complete, including if you’ll need to plan for a ride home, and if you’ll need to make changes to your diet during your recovery.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about sedation dentistry at Ariata Dental. You can ask about the dosage of the sedative being used, Dr. Hosseini's training and experience, and what you should expect.
Is Dental Sedation Right for You?
To learn more about your dental sedation options at Ariata Dental, please request a consultation online. You can also call us at (847) 336-3770 and we'll be happy to help!