An estimated 75 percent of Americans experience some form of anxiety about going to the dentist, and nearly 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist altogether because of this fear. If you fall into one of these categories, we have good news: there is a way to get the dental care you need, stress-free — thereby avoiding the costly and often painful results of neglecting dental visits due to anxiety or fear.
At Ramona Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of oral sedation techniques, all of which have been proven to be both effective and safe, that help the patient remain relaxed and free of anxiety during their dental procedure.
What is Oral Sedation and How Does it Work?
Oral sedation is a form of sedation that is administered through a pill that you take before your procedure. The sedative effect of the pill will place you in a relaxed state where you are still conscious during the dental procedure, but are no longer suffering from feelings of stress, anxiety or fear. In this state, you will be able to communicate with Dr. Feely normally.
The sedative pill is typically taken about an hour before your appointment, though, in some cases, Dr. Feely may instruct you to take the pill as early as the evening before your procedure. And since oral sedation does not provide pain relief, it is typically used in tandem with a local anesthetic, which is used to numb the area being treated. After treatment, it will take about 24 hours for the full effect of the sedation to wear off; because of this, you should arrange for someone to drive you home from our office after your visit.
At Ramona Family Dentistry, Dr. Feely offers the latest oral sedation options to ensure you experience a safe and comfortable dental visit with us. He and his staff are trained to implement these medications in the safest manner, in a monitored environment. For more information on the specific types of oral sedatives used at Ramona Family Dentistry, talk to Dr. Feely or a member of his friendly and knowledgeable staff.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Help With?
Our oral sedation methods can help if you experience one or more of the following while undergoing dental work:
- High fear/stress levels during your dental visit
- Low pain tolerance
- Difficulty sitting still during a dental procedure
- Strong gag reflex
- Dental drill anxiety or fear of other dental instruments
What are the Benefits of Oral Sedation?
- A relaxed, stress-free dental visit
- No needles necessary
- FDA-approved, safe treatment in a monitored environment
- Little to no side effects
- Patient is awake and responsive during the procedure
Fear the Dentist No More!
Do you have dental work needing to be done, but can’t seem to get around your fear of the dentist? Let Dr. Feely discuss with you further how oral sedation works and why you can expect a comfortable, relaxed visit with us — get ready to experience the dentist in a way you may never have before! Schedule your appointment with Dr. Feely by calling Ramona Family Dentistry at (760) 789-0170.