We understand that getting your dental exam completed can be a tough experience, especially if you need to have it done before beginning your upcoming mission trip. Alternatively, getting the entire family’s treatments done can prove difficult if certain family members struggle to sit still in the dental chair. Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Snarr make comfort a very high priority at Cornerstone Family Dental, which is why they offer three levels of sedation to suit your needs. If you’re in need of treatment but struggle to get it done, don’t hesitate to call our office today!
Those with moderate levels of anxiety or dental phobia can benefit from oral conscious sedation. This sedative is taken in pill form and designed to make you feel incredibly relaxed, even though you are still awake. While you won’t remember much of your treatment, you’ll still be able to communicate with either Dr. Crofoot or Dr. Snarr to confirm your comfort levels. The sedative is taken prior to arriving at our office, so you’ll want to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the practice.
Nitrous oxide offers patients a milder form of sedation. This method is administered via a nasal mask that is worn during your procedure, allowing us to adjust intake on the fly. While this sedative does not put you to sleep, it does make you relaxed enough to receive treatment comfortably as well as allow you to let us know if you need more of the sedative administered. Once treatment is complete and the sedative is removed, you’ll be able to continue your normal activities without worry.
The strongest form of sedation available to dentists, intravenous (IV) sedation is meant to make you so relaxed that it may end up putting you to sleep in the process. Keep in mind that the method is designed to keep you semi-awake and responsive to verbal commands. Because of the strength of this sedative, you’ll still need to have someone drive you from the practice. IV sedation takes several hours to fully wear off, so wait until the next day to resume normal activities.
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