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Sedation Dentistry – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Helping You Stay Calm in the Dental Chair

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More than half of all Americans deal with some degree of nervousness or fear when they think about visiting a dentist. They end up putting off their regular checkups or even needed dental work due to their anxiety, leading to oral health issues that require more extensive and costly treatment later on. At Seaside Family Dentistry, we don’t want your oral health to suffer just because you get nervous in the dental chair. That’s why Dr. Alan Kellner, a sedation dentist in Fort Lauderdale, has options to help you relax enough to get the care your smile needs. Keep reading below to learn about the different types of sedation dentistry we offer and how it can benefit you.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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For mild cases of dental anxiety, we offer an easy solution with nitrous oxide. This sedative is administered through a nasal cannula. Once you start inhaling the gas, you should feel waves of euphoria wash over you. You’ll reach such a deep state of relaxation that you’ll be able to receive the dental treatment you need without the usual nervousness. When the procedure is over, we’ll simply remove the cannula and take you to a waiting area. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly and don’t cause any lingering side effects, allowing you to drive yourself back to work or home and resume your day as normal after your appointment.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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Patients with a more severe form of dental anxiety may be candidates for oral conscious sedation. This treatment is given in the form of a powerful anti-anxiety pill that is taken an hour or more before your procedure is set to begin. By the time you get settled in the dental chair, you’ll be so relaxed and groggy that you won’t be very aware of your surroundings. While you’ll still be awake enough to respond to our requests, you likely won’t remember the details of your treatment. Because the effects of the pill can last for several hours, you should plan to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from our office and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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In addition to helping all kinds of patients receive the care they need without dealing with debilitating anxiety, sedation dentistry offers several other benefits, including:

  • Most dental sedatives have an amnesiac effect, so you often won’t remember the procedure afterward. This can reduce your fear of subsequent visits.
  • Sedation typically paralyzes the gag reflex.
  • The brain is incapable of registering pain while under the effects of these sedatives.
  • Our team can work more quickly since they don’t have to worry about you having a negative reaction to the treatment, so your appointment will be over sooner.
  • Patients with chronic anxiety might even enjoy improved mental health after conquering one of their fears with sedation dentistry.

Have you been avoiding seeing the dentist because you’re nervous? If so, contact us today to learn whether sedation dentistry is right for you. We look forward to helping you stay calm in the dental chair!