(NITROUS OXIDE) SEDATION
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A visit to the dentist can cause fear and anxiety for some people. Patients who experience dental phobia may postpone or avoid vital dental appointments, which could lead to tooth loss, disease, and overall health problems. However, you can overcome dental fear with the use of nitrous oxide and mild sedatives like valium.
The use of nitrous oxide during dental care can help achieve an appropriate level of relaxation so that a fearful patient can calmly receive the dental care he or she needs. The entire process is simple and comfortable.
At your first appointment, we will discuss with you your overall health and medical history. If you feel comfortable, we will take X-rays and examine your teeth and supporting tissues. This will give us the information we need to determine which dental treatments will restore your smile. Before you leave the office, we will schedule your next appointment and prescribe an anxiolytic, or sedative medication like valium.
We will advise you as to when you should take the medication, usually 1 hour before your dental appointment. Accompanied by a responsible friend or family member, you will arrive at the dentist’s office more rested and relaxed. We will gauge your anxiety level when you arrive for the appointment. Nitrous oxide may be given to further relax you, and an experienced dentistry team will monitor your vital signs during the procedure. Your friend or family member will accompany you home once your dental work is complete. The effects of the sedative should subside by the following day. It is wise to have a friend or relative stay with you until the medication wears off.
The use of nitrous oxide and mild sedatives can give you the peace of mind you need in order to undergo dental work. You may enjoy better overall health, an improved self-image, and better quality of life with a healthy, beautiful smile.
Located in the Aspenwood Professional Building at 600 S. St. Vrain in Estes Park, Dr. Rauk’s dental office serves patients from surrounding areas, including Pinewood, Glen Haven, and Allenspark. Give us a call today to schedule your initial visit.