Sedation Dentistry for Your Oral Health in Chandler
Maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting a dentist regularly, at least every six months. These bi-annual checkups involve examining your teeth for signs of wear, decay, or damage and treating your teeth accordingly. At your dental appointment, Dr. Arooni and our staff take x-rays and evaluate them to identify cavities and signs of breaks or cracks. Should you need dental care following your six-month visit, we can help get your oral health back on track.
Many people experience apprehension or anxiety when thinking about getting dental cleanings, fillings, or other treatments. At Mark Arooni DDS in Chandler, we offer sedation dentistry to ease the fear and enable you to get the care you need. Call us at 480-855-1200 to schedule an appointment or learn more about sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry in Chandler?
Using either nitrous oxide or anti-anxiety oral medication, or sometimes a combination of both depending on your needs, sedation dentistry provides hesitant patients a way to get the treatment they need. Sedation eases a patient’s worries and mitigates feelings of unease about potential discomfort from fillings, extractions, and other procedures.
An odorless gas, nitrous oxide works as a mild sedative to calm patients. Patients inhale the nitrous oxide through a nose mask during the procedure. After removing the mask, patients will return to normal moderately quickly and can even drive themselves home from their appointment.
Anti-anxiety medications also lessen nervousness in patients regarding their dental appointments. Common oral sedatives include halcion and Valium. Oral sedation differs from nitrous oxide in that it can last for hours after consumption, so patients will need to arrange transportation to and from our Chandler dental office.
You will discuss with Dr. Arooni at Mark Arooni DDS your level of apprehension, and if appropriate for your situation and health, he might recommend a combination of nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Plan a ride or transport home if this is your case.
What Necessitates Sedation?
Typically, patients will experience some level of worry when they need to undergo a procedure that requires local anesthesia, or a numbing agent for the gums. Sometimes the worries approach fear or anxiety that can inhibit a patient from seeking care or going to the appointment. If any of the following are part of your mindset when thinking about dental appointments, we can help you with sedation dentistry at our Chandler, AZ office.
- My heart pounds and I start to sweat on my way to the dentist.
- I imagine the worst-case scenarios happening while I am receiving treatment.
- I panic at the thought of needles or injections.
- I have avoided the dentist, even though I have a persistent toothache and know it needs attention.
Is Sedation Safe for Me?
Discussing your medical history with Dr. Arooni during your initial appointment ensures that you will receive the appropriate sedation options. The paperwork that you will complete as a new patient (or that you completed for your first visit) includes questions on disease or medical problems for this reason. Your medications and health conditions can affect whether nitrous oxide or oral sedation works best for you.
Sedation Dentistry at Our Chandler, AZ Practice
Whether you need preventive care or have considered cosmetic treatments or implant surgery, sedation dentistry can benefit you if you’ve stayed away from the dentist because of fear or anxiety. Schedule an appointment at our Chandler, AZ dental office and we will help you maintain your oral health or take care of any dental issues.