An estimated 3 out of every 10 American adults avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Dental phobia can be a serious condition that prevents people from getting the dental care they need. Dr. Alexander offers oral conscious sedation dentistry in Jacksonville as well as nitrous oxide. The patient can feel relaxed and comfortably receive dental treatment with a few extra steps.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
One of the most common techniques in the United States to treat dental phobia is oral sedation dentistry. Administered as a pill, patients remain conscious, yet relaxed, allowing the dentist to perform the needed procedures. Most patients report no memory of the procedure and feel as though they “slept” through treatment despite being awake and conscious throughout the procedure for safety and cooperation.
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled by the patient through a special mask. The gas helps the patient to relax yet remain awake and cooperative throughout the procedure. Inhalation sedation is extremely safe and effective. The nitrous oxide only affects the patient while the mask is on. Once removed, the effects disappear and the patient is able to continue with their normal routine.
Sedation Dentistry is only administered through close care and guidance to minimize side effects and ensure there are no adverse interactions with other medications you may be taking.
To learn more or to find out if you are a candidate, contact our Jacksonville dental office at 904.372.8157, or schedule a consultation online.