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Sedation Dentistry Can Provide Comfort and Relaxation

older woman in blue and white striped shirtPatients of all ages can experience anxiety in the dentist's office. It becomes problematic when it keeps patients from pursuing the dental care they need. Dr. Michael Bixby and his team want to make sure you feel comfortable enough to undergo the treatment necessary to maintain your oral health. so he offers sedation dentistry at his Red Bank practice to make your experience calm and relaxing. Sedation also helps patients undergoing extensive or invasive procedures, such as full mouth reconstruction or wisdom tooth removal. If you are experiencing dental anxiety or another condition that is getting in the way of pursuing dental care, please contact our practice today to find out how our sedation dentistry options can help you.

Am I a Candidate?

To ensure that you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, we will first review your medical history and conduct a thorough examination. Sedation might be recommended for patients who have:

  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Certain disabilities
  • Dental phobia
  • Medical conditions like back pain or arthritis that make it difficult to sit for long periods

During a consultation, Dr. Bixby will discuss your concerns, review your medical history, and determine if you are a good candidate for sedation.

Sedation Dentistry Options

Dr. Bixby is a proud member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and his patients can rest assured that their sedation experience will be optimally safe and comfortable. He and his staff understand that no two patients are the same, which is why they provide two sedation dentistry options to meet your unique needs:

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Better known as “laughing gas,” this type of sedation is administered through a mask. Patients almost immediately experience a deeply relaxed state as they inhale this mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. The effects wear off rapidly once the mask is removed, so it is usually safe for patients to drive themselves home after their appointment. Inhaled sedation can be a great choice for patients with mild dental phobia.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of a pill, and is suitable for patients with moderate dental anxiety, or who are undergoing extensive treatment. This method places patients in a state of "twilight sleep," or near-sleep. Though patients are sedated, they remain able to answer questions and respond to commands. Following treatment, patients usually report having little or no memory of the procedure. Patients may continue to feel groggy for awhile after treatment, so it is very important to have a friend or loved one provide transportation home following the appointment.

Contact Us Today

We believe that absolutely nothing should stand in the way of receiving the care necessary to achieve and maintain excellent oral health. If you suffer from dental phobia, have health conditions that make it difficult to sit for long periods of time, or require extensive dental work, our friendly staff can help you achieve comfort under our care. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you, schedule your consultation with us today.