Don’t let the fear of the dentist keep you from having a healthy, sparkling smile — over 100 million Americans experience some form of fear or anxiety about going to the dentist. Sedation Dentistry can help! Dr. Anna Berik and her extensive training in Sedation Dentistry can put you at ease and virtually eliminate the pain associated with dental procedures. Dr. Berik uses the following techniques to help ease patients with dental phobias from simple to extreme.
Sedation Dentistry techniques include:
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. OCS does not require needles to administer.
Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation:
- It’s very effective for mild to moderate anxiety
- It’s safe and easy
- You can breathe and speak on your own
- It’s less expensive than IV sedation
Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is one of several Sedation Dentistry options available to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide:
- It’s effective for mild to moderate anxiety
- Proven safety record
- Offers an analgesic (pain relieving) effect
- It’s quick-acting, with few side effects
- You don’t need someone to escort you to and from the office
- You can return to normal activities immediately
Nitrous Oxide is best suited for cases of mild to moderate anxiety and is the most frequently used sedation method. Under nitrous oxide you remain conscious and able to breathe on your own, with a sense of total well-being (euphoria). Patients generally recover quickly, often with little memory of the procedure.
Call our office today to see if Sedation Dentistry is right for you.
Office-based IV anesthesia is available for our oral surgery patients. It is most commonly performed with wisdom teeth extraction, but a patient may elect for general anesthesia for simpler procedures too, depending on his or her level of anxiety. An IV is established, and various medications are infused to provide sedation, analgesia (pain inhibition), and amnesia. Patients quickly fall asleep, are unaware of the procedure as it is performed, and will not recall the procedure upon waking up. Patients breathe on their own throughout the procedure, receiving supplemental oxygen through the nose, all while connected to continuous vital sign monitors to ensure the utmost of safety. After the procedure, a short recovery period is necessary before patients are brought home by their family or friends.
- Benefits of IV Sedation:
- Deep state of relaxation
- Takes effect quickly
- Minimal to no pain
- No memory of procedure
- Greater patient cooperation