All over the world, in every age range, people suffer from dental anxiety. This can mean mere apprehension regarding dental visits or, in more extreme cases, a complete unwillingness to see a dentist at all.
The latter half of these cases can be especially perilous, as people with an extreme dental phobia will ignore a multitude of oral health issues until they can no longer tolerate the discomfort. Often, by the time they call a dentist, irreparable damage has already been done.
At The PerioCare, we understand that dental anxiety is a real problem that many patients must face, and we strive to alleviate those fears so that every patient can get the treatment they deserve. Our Chicago practice utilizes conscious sedation techniques that keep individuals relaxed and comfortable throughout their procedures.
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is the sedative of choice for most oral healthcare professionals, and Russell Cecala, DDS, is no different.
This was first introduced into the field of dentistry in the mid-1800s as a general anesthetic during surgery. Believe it or not, before this, medical and dental surgeries were performed with no anesthetic at all.
It’s important to note that nitrous oxide does not contain any actual anesthetic. Instead, it calms and comforts the patient, creating a light euphoria that allows them to ignore minor discomfort, usually in conjunction with a local anesthetic.
IV, or intravenous sedation, is similar to laughing gas in results but instead uses an IV drip to maintain dosage. This is ideal for patients who require a large amount of dental work in a single sitting.
The pharmaceuticals used for IV sedation are stronger than nitrous oxide, but require longer waiting periods to wear off after treatment. It is also common for patients to almost completely forget the procedure after the drug’s effects have dissipated.
An added bonus to the use of IV sedatives, Dr. Cecala can closely monitor a patient’s pulse and oxygen levels through the use of a pulse oximeter that is employed alongside the sedatives.
Conquer Your Fears at PerioCare
Anxiety and phobias are a reality for millions of people all over the world. Our friendly staff and team of oral healthcare professionals recognizes this and takes every step to create a welcoming, comfortable environment for every patient that walks through our doors.
While we can’t treat your anxieties, we can do everything in our power to alleviate them. Conscious sedation is the perfect tool to help patients overcome their fears and get the dental work they need. Combined with Dr. Cecala’s gentle touch and the comforting environment of our Chicago practice, any patient will feel at ease as we help them on the path to a beautiful, healthy smile.