For patients who have a fear of dentistry, simply sitting in the dental chair can create a state of anxiety. No one should have to jeopardize their oral health due to anxiety. We can restore your beautiful smile and maintain your healthy teeth and gums with oral sedation dentistry. If you suffer from dental anxiety, schedule an appointment with Dr. John V. Louis to experience stress free sedation dentistry in Easton, MD. Sedation dentistry in generally classified into three levels:
Methods of Sedation Dentistry in Easton, MD
Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation Dentistry
IV conscious sedation is utilized in the most severe anxiety cases. With this method, sedatives are administered intravenously. The effects are immediate and sustained throughout your dental procedure. While you will be able to follow directions during your appointment, you will have no memory of the dental treatment performed during your visit. You will need someone to drive you to and from your visit.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
With this method, Dr. Louis will prescribe a pill to you which should be taken one hour before your appointment, giving the sedation effect time to work. By the time you reach our office, you will feel sleepy. Our dental assistant will take you to a comfortable room to relax where Dr. Louis will perform your dental treatment. As your pill must be taken before your appointment and the effects can last for hours, this type of oral sedation dentistry requires that you have a companion drive you to and from your appointment.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
Nitrous oxide, when inhaled, produces a feeling of euphoria that can quickly quell any dental anxiety. With this sedation dentistry method, the colorless gas is delivered via a mask worn over the nose throughout the entire visit. Within minutes, you will feel relaxed and Dr. Louis can begin your procedure. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off immediately, leaving you able to safely drive yourself to and from your appointment.
For those who suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry provides much needed relief and comfort. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Louis in Easton, MD, contact our office today.