Relieving Anxiety

Oral Conscious Sedation:

Oral Conscious SedationSedation dentistry allows you to be sedated just enough to be pain free and unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. That is why it is normally referred to as conscious sedation dentistry.

So if you have fear of dental treatment, have a bad gag reflex or have limited time to spend on dental care at the dentist, Sedation during dentistry procedures can help you.

By using the protocols of DOCS and proper specialized equipment, Dr. Hoang provides the safest of most effective way to make your dental experience a positive one.

Sedation by Dr. Hoang can help you be more anxiety free during your dental treatment. Dr. Hoang's ultimate goal is to make your visit relaxing and enjoyable. Since you are completely comfortable, relaxed, and pain free Dr. Hoang can do years of dental treatments in one or two dental visits.

With sedation Dr. Hoang can restore sore gums to good dental health, fix a chipped teeth, replace crowns or dentures, whiten yellow or stained teeth, and more. All pain free.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I feel any pain?
No. You will feel nothing!

Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.

Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored by special equipment during the entire visit. You are never alone.

How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.

Who is a Candidate for Oral Sedation Dentistry?
People who have:
- High fear
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to complete dental care

People who:
- Hate needles and shots
- Hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care
- Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

All too frequently, a planned visit to the dentist is looked on with a degree of dread and foreboding. This is referred to as dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety is not unusual, for it is quite natural for a person to be uncomfortable when placed in a position in which they feel that they are vulnerable, as occurs in the dental chair.

It is important that you tell us if you have any dental anxiety related to their planned dental treatment. Keeping your fears hidden can only lead to a much more unpleasant experience for you our patient and, in more extreme circumstances, may even increase the likelihood of certain emergencies occurring, such as fainting.

Once our dentists are aware of a patient's dental anxiety and fears, there are many ways in which they may be addressed. In some cases, simply discussing the planned procedure is all that is necessary to alleviate the patient's dental anxiety. When this is not enough, other highly effective and safe sedation techniques can be used to alleviate dental anxiety. If the technique involves the administration of a drug, it is termed conscious sedation dentistry.

The most readily available routes of conscious sedation are: oral and inhalation.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry:

Dr. Hoang will prescribe a sedative drug to be taken by mouth prior to the planned treatment. If the individual has an even greater degree of dental anxiety, the doctor may prescribe an oral conscious sedative to be taken at home one hour prior to going to sleep on the evening before the appointment.

If the drug is administered at home, it is imperative that the patient not drive a car to the appointment. Patients receiving oral conscious sedation are not permitted to drive a car or operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours following their appointment.

Inhalation Conscious Sedation Dentistry:

The use of inhalation conscious sedation (nitrous oxide and oxygen) has been a mainstay of sedation techniques in dentistry for generations and still represents the most frequently employed technique. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide-oxygen is used by more than 35% of all U.S. dentists.

An advantage of this technique of inhalation conscious sedation is that most people receiving it recover promptly and may be permitted to leave the dental office unescorted and resume normal activities immediately. Inhalation conscious sedation is most effective with mild to moderate degrees of dental anxiety.

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