Do you or one of your children panic when you think about going to the dentist? This is one of the most common fears, and it can cause you to put off or even forego dental checkups because you feel too anxious to come in. Unfortunately, skipping your dental exams can lead to even worse problems in the future, so we offer sedation dentistry in Tampa, FL.
To cure unusual anxiety about visiting the dentist, we provide nitrous dental sedation to our patients. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous sedation is made up of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which helps relax patients and ease dental fears while simultaneously allowing us to concentrate fully on the procedure at hand.
When sedated through the use of nitrous, patients many times report feeling numb and feeling a warm sensation throughout the entire body. The arms and legs may also feel excessively heavy, often to the point of immobility. However, these feelings will subside when the nitrous oxide wears off.
Unlike oral sedatives, sedation dentistry provides much easier regulation for the patient. While a pill or oral liquid is often taken one hour before the scheduled appointment because of its delayed effects, nitrous oxide works much quicker. This makes it easier to regulate during your appointment.
Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry and we serve many patients throughout South Tampa and Florida looking for sleep dentistry or dental sedation procedures.
Anxious children often fidget, refuse to cooperate with the dental team, or may even flee or lash out due to their intense fear of the dentist. With sedation dentistry, neither your child nor the dental staff needs to worry about a fidgety patient accidentally knocking something over or attempting to get out of the exam chair during a procedure and injuring themselves or someone else. Dental sedation also significantly cuts the time required for an exam or procedure since the dentist doesn’t need to continually stop working to calm down an anxious patient.
If you have been avoiding the dentist because the thought of dental work scares you, contact us at South Tampa Smiles today to find out more about nitrous oxide sedation dentistry. We aim to make your dental experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible – you shouldn’t have to dread going to the dentist.
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