Fear of pain and anxiety pose significant hurdles for individuals in need of dental care. At our offices, your safety, comfort, and relaxation are our #1 priorities. Dr. Kohler is an experienced sedation dentist, offering patients a variety of sedation options.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide provides a light level of sedation and calms and relaxes patients during treatment. Often referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a popular choice among dentists and is preferred it for its fast-acting, predictable effects. Nitrous oxide uses no injections or needles, and is administered using a face mask.
Nitrous oxide produces a light-headed, tingly sensation, dispelling worries and tension. Patients often have little recollection of treatment, due to the medication’s ability to make short-term memory hazy. Nitrous oxide is the only type of sedation that allows patients to safely drive themselves home shortly after their appointment.
For more complex or challenging cases, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. IV sedation induces a deeper sedative state, and is administered via a thin tube in the hand or arm. To ensure our patients’ safety, Dr. Kohler is able to provide the assistance of an IV sedation-trained specialist on-site.
Dr. Kohler chooses not to administer oral sedation at our office, because it is often difficult to predict the effects and precisely administer the correct dosage. It also takes longer to leave a patient’s body, which can hinder a quick and easy recovery.
Nearly Painless Injections
Our practice features the Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) System™, which administers a computer-controlled, digitally-calibrated level of anesthesia to a single tooth at a time. STA also has a pressure force feedback element that causes the syringe to apply only as much pressure as is necessary for the volume of anesthesia being delivered. Patients experience little to no pain before, during, and after treatment. Gone are the days of localized anaesthetics involving painful injections, hours of residual drooling, and a lopsided smile!
Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation?
Even if you don’t identify with the term “dental phobia”—a very real condition that has a debilitating effect on sufferers—you may be a good candidate for sedation if anxiety or fear has ever kept you from visiting a dentist. Sedation may also be recommended if you have a medical condition, like arthritis, neck or back pain, or are undergoing several procedures in one visit.
Schedule a consultation to discuss any dental fears you may have and how Dr. Kohler might effectively address them.
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