Sedation Dentistry – Mobile, AL
Focusing On Your Comfort and Wellbeing
Does the thought of having to step foot into your dentist’s office fill you with fear or anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. According to research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, up to 75 percent of Americans deal with this fear due to a variety of factors, including poor past experiences with dentists. At Parker Dental & Orthodontics, we value each of our patient’s comfort, which is why we offer an easy and simple way to allow you to relax while getting the dental treatment you need, called oral conscious sedation. If you’ve been putting scheduling a dental appointment on the backburner because of your fear, contact us today to learn how we can make your next visit completely worry-free.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
There are several sedation techniques, but patients often prefer oral conscious sedation in Mobile because it’s easy to administer and effective. If you’re nervous about your upcoming dental appointment, we may suggest this method of sedation to help ease your worries and ensure that you get the treatment you need to maintain your oral health so you can enjoy your smile for the rest of your life. Dr. Parker is a member of the D.O.C.S. Education Program and is specially trained to administer sedation and treat patients who have difficulty sitting in the treatment chair.
Before we determine whether oral conscious sedation is the right choice for you, we’ll ask you some questions about your medical history and any current prescriptions you’re taking to eliminate any potential risk factors and side-effects. We’ll then prescribe you a pill to take before your appointment so you can show up feeling completely relaxed. To arrive and depart from our office, you’ll need to ask a trusted friend or family member to transport you.
What are the Effects of Oral Conscious Sedation?
It’s important to know that the pills we prescribe for your treatment don’t prevent you from feeling any type of pain, so you may still need local anesthesia, depending on the procedure you’re having done. During your visit, our team will carefully monitor you to make sure that no issues arise. You’ll feel completely relaxed, allowing us to work quickly. Once these effects begin to wear off, you may feel sluggish, have slow reflexes, or have a mild headache. However, these are completely normal and will wear off within an hour or two.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
For most people, visiting their dentist in Mobile isn’t a highlight of their day, which is why our team goes out of our way to provide you with a caring and compassionate environment that you feel comfortable in. If you suffer from anxiety or fear at the thought of visiting our office, oral conscious sedation is likely a great choice to help ease your worries. Some other good candidates include patients who:
- Are bothered by the smells and sounds of the dentist’s office.
- Have a strong gag reflex that makes it hard to sit through dental treatments.
- Need a long procedure and want to get it out of the way in a single appointment.
- Have physical difficulty sitting through a treatment for any period of time.
With our caring team by your side and the latest techniques and technology, we can provide you with a more enjoyable experience at the dentist’s office. With oral conscious sedation, we’ll be able to work more quickly and effectively so you don’t have to sit in the treatment chair for any longer than necessary. For questions or to learn more about how we put our patients’ comfort first, contact our office today!