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Sedation Dentistry

Advancements in the dental field combined with Dr. Bradley's careful attention to your pain free experience have all but alleviated most sources of pain or anxiety that you may remember from other prior dental experiences. Regardless, those memories are real and for some that fear keeps them from getting the dental care that they need. They may go for years without seeing a dentist because of this fear. Don't feel bad if you fall into this category, as you're not alone! It is estimated that 30% of americans have some sort of dental fear or phobia.

Procrastinating about your dental needs might be far unhealthier than you realize. Studies have found that untreated periodontal disease contributes to a host of health problems, including heart disease. Some research suggests that periodontal (gum) disease may be a more serious heart disease risk factor than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender, and age. After all, gum disease is an infection and, if left untreated, it enters your bloodstream and can affect your heart and other organs.

Fortunately, we have some really successful ways of reducing or even eliminating dental fears and anxiety.

  • Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Analgesia, also known as "laughing gas" is a mild sedative gas we can administer to calm your nerves. It is exceedingly safe and highly effective. Nitrous Oxide is not intended to put you to sleep, but many patients say the relaxation and euphoric feeling is so effective that they do slip in and out of a comfortable, light sleep. When your dental work is done we simply administer 100% oxygen to flush the Nitrous Oxide from your system. Because the gas does not stay in your system, typically after a short recovery period you are abe to drive yourself home or go back to work.
  • Conscious Sedation Dentistry is an enhancement to Nitrous Oxide and local numbing for those of us who are seriously anxious to the point of having dental phobias. Conscious Sedation involves the combination of Nitrous Oxide and a sedative medication given by mouth. Together, they give a more powerful relaxation effect. You will be very relaxed and sleepy, many patients tell us it felt like their appointment just "flew by" and they have little memory of the treatment. If conscious sedation is something that interests you, we ask that you arrive for your appointment one hour early so we can administer the sedative pill. Remember also that you will need a family member or friend to drive you home afterwards, and take care of you until the sedatives wear off.

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