At Florida Smile Design, we know that when people avoid the dentist, it isn’t because they have perfect oral health that doesn’t require maintenance. Whether it’s the fear of discomfort or pain, negative or traumatic past experiences in the dental office, a strong gag reflex, feeling like you’ll be judged for the condition of your teeth, or worries that you can’t afford the care you deserve, we want you to know they’re valid concerns.
Navigating these fears is no easy task, but we’ve seen people do it and not only walk away from the experience feeling better, but come to follow-up appointments with a smile on their face. We think you can experience the same comfort and satisfaction during your dental visits.
Our warm, inviting office, and our friendly, helpful staff will make you feel welcome and relaxed, but if you still need assistance calming your nerves, we offer safe sedation methods that can make your visit fly by.
With an estimated 93 million Americans living with varying degrees of dental fear, it’s no wonder dentists look for ways to help patients cope in order to experience the benefits of better oral health and confidence in their smiles. Sedation has been a fixture in dentistry for over a century because of its ability to calm patients while they get the care they need.
Just like the dental procedures we offer, our sedation methods can be tailored to meet your individual needs, which factors in your medical history and current state of health. The care you deserve may be a consultation away.
It’s easy to get sedation and general anesthesia mixed up because different types can be administered the same way—through IV or a breathing mask. However, they produce different effects and have distinct purposes. Sedation is used to help you feel stress-free, but you’ll remain generally conscious and able to respond during your care (some patients do relax enough to fall asleep on their own). Under general anesthesia, which is typically reserved for surgeries (oral and otherwise), you’re unconscious and require heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure monitoring.
Nitrous oxide, also commonly called laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation. It’s administered through a small facial mask and is known for producing feelings of giddiness (yep, it’s possible to feel giddy during your dental visit!) in a short amount of time, and for wearing off quickly so that you can get back to your life with no delay after receiving care.
Oral conscious sedation might be explained by its name, but it can’t be obtained without a prescription. The sedative prescribed will be determined by your medical history, which includes allergies and conditions that may interfere with its effectiveness. Once we find a match, you’ll be given a prescription to take about an hour before your appointment. You’ll remain generally conscious as the name implies, but the relaxed state you enter may make you feel as though you slept through your appointment.
Sedation dentistry may be ideal for you if: