Overcome your fear of the dentist with the help of sedation dentistry
Are you afraid of the dentist? At Dr. Curtis Couch’s practice located in Thousand Oaks, we cater to cowards with our sedation dentistry options.
Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist is more common than you may think, and if you or a loved one suffers from this concern, at Curtis Couch D.D.S. located in Thousand Oaks we offer sedation dentistry options to help anxious patients receive the dental care they want and need.Sedation dentistry was developed to serve two purposes:
1) For use during surgical or invasive procedures – such as dental implants or complex extractions.
2) To ensure that every dental visit is as comfortable as possible – even for anxious patients.
At his dental practice located in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Curtis Couch offers anxious patients nitrous oxide to ensure that their dental appointment runs as smoothly as possible.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a sweet- smelling, irritant free, colorless gas which is delivered to patients via an inhalant device to allow them to feel completely comfortable throughout treatment. This tool has been the primary means of sedation dentistry for many years and has proven to be safe as the patient receives 50-70% oxygen in conjunction with no less than 30% nitrous oxide. During this form of sedation patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all of their bodily functions.
What are the benefits of nitrous oxide as opposed to other methods?
Nitrous oxide offers many benefits over other sedation methods such as:
• There are no hangover like after affects involved
• Inhalation sedation has no side effects on your heart and lungs
• This form of sedation can effectively minimize gagging
• It works in as little as two minutes
• Patients are able to drive themselves home after an appropriate recovery time
Are there any circumstances where nitrous oxide will not be appropriate for me?
Nitrous oxide is not recommended if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and although there are few other contraindications in regards to this treatment, you may not wish to use this sedation option if you suffer from:
• Exotic chest problems
• A cold
• Difficulties breathing
Will Nitrous Oxide give me the giggles and send me crazy?
This sedation option is designed to make you feel relaxed throughout your dental procedure, but with that said some patients do report the following symptoms:
• Mild lightheaded feeling
• Slight hallucinations
• Uncontrollable laughter
The affects differ from patient to patient, but most people report that they simply experience a feeling of calm.
To find out more about sedation dentistry and Dr. Curtis Couch’s gentle approach to dentistry, please contact our friendly team today.