Researchers estimate that more than one-third of the adult population suffers from dental anxiety. Of those people, about 10% have a dental phobia, which prevents them from visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings. Unfortunately, putting off trips to the dentist increases your risk of more serious oral health problems. At Blue Sky Family Dentistry in Austin, Texas, Ben Corpron, DDS, proudly offers sedation dentistry to help men, women, and children relax. To request your sedation dentistry consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Millions of Americans experience dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, know that there’s nothing to worry about.
Whether you’ve had a bad experience at the dentist in the past or you’re embarrassed about having a strong gag reflex, Dr. Corpron cares about providing a comfortable, anxiety-free experience.
In fact, after your initial consultation and a discussion of your concerns, you might not even require sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a branch of oral health care that uses various medications and anesthetics to help patients relax and feel comfortable during dental procedures such as oral exams, cleanings, and extractions.
At Blue Sky Family Dental, Dr. Corpron focuses on patient comfort and easing the anxiety that is sometimes associated with visiting the dentist.
To facilitate these goals, he also offers eye masks, comfort blankets, relaxing music, and access to streaming services, so you can receive the dental treatment you desperately need without feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, or uncomfortable.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or simply hate visiting the dentist, you’re probably a good candidate for sedation dentistry. You might also benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
Dr. Corpron also recommends sedation dentistry for children who fidget or have trouble holding their mouths open for extended periods of time.
Blue Sky Family Dental does not offer full body anesthesia. However, they offer a full suite of sedation dentistry services, including:
Inhaled sedation involves the use of nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” You breathe in nitrous oxide through an oxygen mask, which helps you relax and feel at ease. Nitrous oxide doesn’t put you to sleep; you can respond to Dr. Corpron’s questions or commands, and the treatment wears off quickly. As a result, you can drive yourself home following your procedure.
Oral sedation allows for deeper relaxation and in some cases, sleep. To access the benefits of oral sedation, you take a prescription medication like Halcyon® an hour or two prior to your appointment. Halcyon helps you feel drowsy while easing your nerves. You may lose consciousness, but Dr. Corpron can gently nudge you awake if necessary.
Local anesthesia involves Dr. Corpron injecting a numbing agent like Novocaine into your gums, tongue, or surrounding soft tissues. The pain-preventing properties of novocaine typically last between 30-60 minutes, so Dr. Corpron typically mixes it with epinephrine to extend the results. If you’re undergoing a minor procedure like a filling or wisdom tooth removal, you might benefit from local anesthesia.
To determine the type of sedation dentistry you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment at Blue Sky Family Dentistry.
Following an oral exam of your teeth and gums, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Corpron can make recommendations that align with your unique situation.
Don’t let fear prevent you from keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.