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Sedation Dentistry – Crystal River, FL

Say “Goodbye” To Dental Fear

Many patients who come to see us here at Signature Dental Care are afraid of the dentist, so we do our best to help everyone feel completely comfortable from the moment they step through our doors. In addition to having an extremely welcoming and friendly team, we’re also able to offer a selection of sedation options that are proven to calm those pesky dental nerves. Here, we’ll make getting the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve as easy as possible. To learn more about sedation dentistry in Crystal River, FL and discuss your options with us, contact our dental office today.

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Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Sedation Available for Any Procedure
  • Personalized to Suit Every Patient’s Comfort Level
  • Kind, Friendly & Highly Skilled Team

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

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If you experience mild to severe anxiety related to dental care, please let us know, and Dr. Schnell can prescribe you a pill to take at home on the day of your appointment. By the time you actually sit in the treatment chair, it will have already taken effect, meaning you’ll be completely relaxed from head to toe. You’ll likely remain awake during your visit, but it will seem to fly by very fast, and you’ll probably only have fuzzy memories of it afterward.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

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For patients with only minor dental nerves, nitrous oxide offers a fast and gentle way to make every appointment a soothing experience. A patient simply breathes in the odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within moments, tension should start to leave their body. The mask remains on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, a patient will feel completely normal right away.

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Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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At Signature Dental Care, we understand that going to the dentist can be intimidating. We strive to help all of our patients feel comfortable enough in the dental chair to receive the care they need to have a lifetime of healthy smiles. That’s why we offer the sedation options described above. To help ease your mind a little bit more, we’ve answered a few sedation questions that our team gets asked frequently.

Is Dental Sedation Right for Me?

Although its primary purpose is soothing dental anxiety, we may recommend sedation in other situations as well. A patient might benefit from sedation if they:

  • Have sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have a touchy gag reflex
  • Are very young and aren’t quite able to understand their dental treatments
  • Have difficulty sitting still or holding their mouth open for a long period of time
  • Wish to complete multiple procedures in a single appointment
  • Have certain cognitive or physical impairments that make getting dental work uncomfortable or unsafe

Is There Anything That Could Keep Me from Getting Sedation?

While many patients would make good candidates for sedation dentistry, there are some conditions that could make it unwise. For example, some seniors might not be able to handle sedation, often due to underlying medical conditions. Having a stuffy nose or a respiratory disease like bronchitis might complicate the process of administering nitrous oxide. Neither kind of sedation is typically recommended for pregnant patients. During your consultation, be sure to share your medical history and current medications with Dr. Schnell so that she can minimize any risks.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

As long as you don’t have any of the aforementioned health conditions that could come with risks, you should be perfectly safe while being sedated. With nitrous oxide, we can even adjust the dosage as needed throughout your procedure to ensure your safety. Rest assured that you should be completely fine while under our care.

How Long Will the Effects of Sedation Last?

A major benefit of nitrous oxide is that its effects usually wear off as quickly as they set in. Once you stop inhaling the gas, you should feel back to normal within half an hour or so. You should even be able to drive yourself back to work or home and resume your typical day.

Oral conscious sedation, on the other hand, tends to affect every patient differently. In most cases, we suggest taking 12-24 hours after your procedure to rest. Plan on having a friend or family member drive you to and from our office and keeping an eye on you for the remainder of the day.