5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

For many San Luis Obispo residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Michael Colleran, DDS we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Colleran offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

For millions of Americans, even the thought of visiting the dentist is terrifying. As a result, many people avoid dentists altogether and miss out on a healthy, happy smile. Sedation dentistry is the answer to dental anxiety, aimed at relaxing patients for a comfortable, enjoyable experience.

Who is it for?

Sedation dentistry is generally intended for San Luis Obispo residents whose fear of the dentist might prevent them getting the dental care they need. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be the perfect solution. It is also great for patients with high tolerances to anesthesia, soreness of the jaw, or strong gag reflexes.

How does it work?

Dr. Colleran will give you medication before or during your procedure, such as anxiety pills or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Whatever your preference, the sedatives will help melt away your fears and allow for a pleasant, relaxed experience. Just make sure you have someone to drive you home.

Will I be asleep?

Sedation dentistry does not involve the use of general anesthesia, so you will not be put to sleep during your visit to the dentist. However, the methods and medications used often relax Dr. Colleran’s patients so much that they fall asleep on their own.

Where can I get it?

Many dentists offer sedation dentistry. The best way to find out is to call your dentist. Here at Michael Colleran, DDS, we are committed to providing every one of our patients with premium dental care and a comfortable experience. Dr. Colleran offers the highest quality sedation dentistry services to make your visits as comfortable as possible. Give us a call to find out more or schedule an appointment.


Sources

http://www.ada.org/sections/about/pdfs/anesthesia_guidelines.pdf

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/dont-fear-the-dentist

http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Your-Fear-of-the-Dentist

Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. He has spoken across the country on laser dentistry and had articles appear in several professional journals. He is also sought after by dental manufacturers as a consultant for product evaluation and research. Dr. Colleran is an instructor for the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, which teaches LANAP and other laser dental procedures to dentists from across the globe.

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