Sedation dentistry supports a worry-free, comfortable experience at your Mesa, AZ dentist’s office

My Time Dental Centers of Mesa, AZ, is built on a foundation of highly personalized, unrushed, and gentle care within an inviting environment. Sedation dentistry fits in well with the principles Dr. Jeffrey Schmelter and our team live on each day. We recognize that some patients are apprehensive, even fearful, about visiting the dentist. Usually, these concerns are rooted in past experiences at other dentists’ practices, frequently negative experiences during childhood. 

Dentistry has come a long way since the days of “drill-fill-bill.” There are more techniques and technologies than ever before to support conservative, worry-free, and painless experiences. Sedation dentistry complements gentle tools, like non-invasive ultrasonic scalers for periodontal therapy (versus manual scraping). We have many options to ensure your visits are nothing to fear. 

So, you will continue to maintain the routine check-ups (exams and cleanings) that are necessary to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy. Since your oral health is so interconnected with overall health — the ability to eat nutritious foods or sleep comfortably through the night — preserving your teeth and gums also maintains your overall well-being. 

We’re happy to provide a glimpse into the methods that we may recommend to help you relax:

  • Nitrous oxide — Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a calming drug that is inhaled through a small nasal mask. Oxygen helps to neutralize the effects of the gas. So, it is considered a minimal option that is even safe for children. You can safely drive home after treatment as it doesn’t cause lingering drowsiness, which means there is no need to arrange a ride to and from our office. 
  • Oral sedation – This method refers to a medication that is taken by mouth (orally). The type of pill that is prescribed to you depends at least partly on your medical history. We will provide detailed instructions on when to take these pills to induce calming before your treatment. It is often mentioned as “conscious” sedation because you generally remain awake and respond to questions. Afterward, there will be little to no memory of the treatment. Since it is associated with drowsiness, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

Deeper levels of sedation include intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia. These methods are monitored mainly by anesthesiologists. The latter method induces a temporary loss of consciousness, while the former’s effects can be quickly adjusted and controlled and put you into a state of deep relaxation. Here again, you may have little recall of the fear-inducing treatment afterward. These options are generally appropriate for those patients with more severe dental anxiety or those undergoing long or complex procedures. 

Do not let anxiety or fear stand in the way of your attractive smile, self-confidence, and happiest and healthiest self! Contact us at My Time Dental Centers team in Mesa, AZ, today at (623) 777-6456 to schedule your appointment.