At El Dorado Family Dental, we want you and your family to get the care you need comfortably. We also don’t want anxiety to prevent you or a loved one from visiting the dentist.
Dr. Albik offers a variety of sedation options to help even the most nervous of his patients achieve a positive dental experience, and though he is the most gentle dentist around, he completely understands that anxiety is a real issue and deserves to be addressed safely and effectively.
If you’ve not visited the dentist in a while because of dental anxiety, we are here to help you reach your oral health goals with ease.
Remember, at El Dorado Family Dental, we have helped patients just like you overcome their dental anxiety through a combination of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry options.
Many patients feel relief from analgesics like xylocaine or lidocaine. These analgesics are used to temporarily numb the gums and teeth in the area where Dr. Albik will be working.
However, some patients require a little more to counter anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide Provides a Pleasant Experience
Nitrous Oxide in El Dorado Hills, CA is a safe gas delivered through a small nasal mask. It gives patients a euphoric and floating feeling, but these sensations wear off when the mask is removed, meaning you can return to work and see yourself home from your dental visit.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
If you experience anxiety, your dentistry may include numbing agents, nitrous oxide, and sedation.
Sedation dentistry in El Dorado Hills, CA can mean a pill or an IV.
While dental anxiety is one of the leading reasons for seeking a sedation option, there are many other reasons you may want to consider this treatment, including:
- Phobias related to medical or dental procedures
- Negative experiences with previous dental work
- Overly sensitive oral nerves
- Natural resistance to traditional local anesthetic options
As with any medical treatment, you should discuss your medical history and any allergies to medications with your dentist and primary care physician before considering treatment.
Dr. Albik will determine your best sedation option based on your health profile.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Conscious Oral Sedation is used to make you feel more comfortable during dental procedures.
Prior to your appointment, Dr. Albik will prescribe the medication and direct you to take one pill the night before treatment and another one hour before your appointment. With this mild sedative, you are calm and relaxed during the dental procedure while remaining conscious.
Due to the effects of oral sedation, you are required to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
IV Sedation can be an effective option for patients who experience severe anxiety or are receiving a more invasive dental procedure. Like conscious oral sedation, IV sedation uses anti-anxiety medications to keep you calm and relaxed.
Due to the effects of the medication, you will likely not remember your procedure after the medication wears off. To ensure your safety, your pulse and oxygen levels are closely monitored throughout your sedation.
As with oral sedation, you must have an adult with you to drive you home after the treatment. It is also recommended that the adult stays with you until the medication has completely worn off.
Don’t Let Anxiety Prevent You from Getting the Care You Need
Contact our El Dorado Hills, CA dental office to schedule appointments for yourself and your family members today.