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DENVER, CO, May 07, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you fear the dentist you can now have a comfortable, anxiety-free visit with the help of sedation dentistry. Today's cosmetic dentistry offers effective, safe and comfortable treatments in a friendly and welcoming setting.
You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
- Have a high degree of dental anxiety and a fear of the dentist
- Need to get your treatments completed in a limited amount of time
- Have chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Suffer from physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Need extensive treatment or multiple procedures
- Have trouble getting numb
- Would like your cosmetic dental work completed comfortably while you are fully relaxed
There are two main approaches to dental sedation: sleep dentistry and conscious sedation.
Conscious sedation uses medications that allow you to become more relaxed and less anxious. You will feel calm and remember little about your procedure. Sedative drugs can be administered orally or through an intravenous line.
You and your dentist will decide which medication is best for you, and how it will be administered. Oral medications can be taken either the night before your appointment or shortly before it.
Sleep dentistry uses a deeper degree of sedation that makes you unaware of the treatments being performed. Anesthesia associated with oral surgery is both safe and effective, with a much lower complication rate than operating room anesthesia.
The anesthesia will be administered intravenously, and your vital signs will be monitored throughout your procedure. You will awake with no recollection, or very little, of the dental work, and will feel as though it took minutes when you may have been in the chair for hours. Because of this, sleep dentistry allows your dental professional to perform complex or multiple procedures in one appointment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- A relaxed state prior to dental treatment
- Little if any pain felt during and after your procedure
- A faint recollection or none of your time in the dentist's chair
- The ability to overcome anxieties and have necessary treatment completed, thus enhancing your overall oral health
- The option to have multiple procedures completed in a single sitting
- The prevention of emergencies that may arise from your dental phobia, such as fainting
A "Dreamlike" Recovery
When your treatment is finished, you may feel wobbly and "out of it" as the medications wear off. Although you will be able to walk, you will need someone to drive you home and remain with you until you have recovered fully. You will receive instructions on what to do and how much to eat when you leave.
Many patients are astounded at how much dental work can be accomplished in a seemingly short period of time. You will wake up the next day feeling great, and with the smile of your dreams.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, fear the dentist and feel you can benefit from sedation dentistry, please contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Greenhalgh at www.scottgreenhalghdds.com to schedule an initial consultation.
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