Can Sedation Dentistry Help My Dental Phobia?

If anxiety about lengthy or invasive dental procedures has led you to postpone important treatment, you may benefit from sedation dentistry at the practice of Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. Whether you require light or deep sedation, Dr. Turner has the right option to ensure that you remain completely relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment at our Kansas City, MO, dental practice. Dr. Turner has nearly 30 years of professional experience and uses the most up-to-date techniques. He and his team complete over 100 hours of continuing education courses every two years and remain committed to upholding the highest standards of care.

Are You a Candidate?

Some patients simply have a low threshold for pain. Other people have had a traumatic past dental experience. If you suffer from dental phobia, you are not alone. Around 15 percent of adults in the United States are afflicted with some degree of dental phobia. Common reasons individuals experience anxiety over dental procedures include:

  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of pain
  • Restless legs
  • Fear of feeling helpless
  • Difficulty having other people near their face
  • Sensitive teeth or gums

You do not have to have dental phobia to benefit from light, conscious, or deep sedation. Many of our Kansas City patients have difficulty sitting still for prolonged periods of time. Other patients simply enjoy the ability to undergo a lengthy procedure in a twilight state of consciousness.

Sedation dentistry allows patients to remain comfortable throughout lengthy procedures that would otherwise be unpleasant or tiresome. 

During your consultation at our Kansa City dental practice, Dr. Turner will determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation can benefit patients who are about to undergo tooth extraction, dental implant surgery, bone grafts, or lengthy cosmetic treatments. Sedation dentistry is not usually an option for pregnant women or individuals who have certain medical conditions or are taking certain types of medications.

How Can Sedation Dentistry Benefit Me?

One benefit of sedation dentistry is that it allows Dr. Turner to work more efficiently. Many of our Kansas City patients report that sedation dentistry makes time seem to fly by. This can be particularly beneficial when lengthy procedures are expected to take one or more hours to complete. 

Patients who undergo sedation dentistry report feeling:

  • Euphoric
  • Relaxed
  • Calm
  • At ease

Unlike general anesthesia, more mild types of sedation allow patients to remain responsive to the dentist throughout their treatment. It is important to remember that, while sedation dentistry offers many benefits, the elective treatment will add to the overall price of your procedure. Our office accepts CareCredit® financing to cover this out-of-pocket cost.

Types of sedation dentistry

What Are My Sedation Options?

There are three types of sedation that are commonly used in dentistry:

  • Minimal or light sedation: Nitrous oxide is delivered through a tube that is placed near your nose. The mild form of sedation is felt quickly and leaves the bloodstream shortly after the gas mixture is turned off. This is the only form of sedation that allows patients to drive themselves home after a procedure.
  • Oral sedation: Oral sedation can deliver minimal or moderate sedation effects. The agent is taken in pill form. Patients feel drowsy shortly after taking it and the effects can be slow to wear off.
  • IV sedation: This form of sedation is delivered through a vein, meaning it goes to work quickly. One benefit of this form of sedation is that the dentist can continually adjust the level of sedation.

Learn More during a Consultation

Sedation dentistry allows patients to remain comfortable throughout lengthy procedures that could otherwise be unpleasant or tiresome. To schedule your sedation dentistry consultation, please contact our office online or call (816) 229-1433.

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