Sedation Dentistry Options in Miami, FL
Do you become scared, anxious, or nervous every time you’re in the dental chair? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety. In many cases, this can keep patients from seeking the treatment they need and deserve. At Truedent Family Dentistry, Dr. Mileidis Pena Marro offers sedation dentistry to help our patients relax and have a more enjoyable dental experience.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Essentially, anyone who desires a more relaxing experience at the dental office can take advantage of sedation dentistry. Specifically, it may be recommended for those with:
During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Pena Marro will review your health history in detail. This will help ensure there are no medical conditions that could interfere with sedation.
Types of Sedation Offered at Truedent Family Dentistry
We have a couple of sedation options at our Miami practice. These will be explored in detail in the sections below.
You may know nitrous oxide by its common term, laughing gas. This type of sedation is colorless, sweet-smelling, and is administered via inhalation through a mask or nosepiece.
Before beginning your procedure, a team member will place the mask and ask you to breathe in normally. Within three to five minutes, you’ll start to feel the effects. Typically, this includes a relaxed feeling of euphoria as well as tingling in the extremities. Some patients also report feeling “heavy”, as though they’re sinking into the chair.
While the goal is to be extremely relaxed, you will still be aware of your surroundings. As a result, you’ll be able to communicate with the dental team if necessary.
During the treatment, Dr. Pena Marro can adjust the dosage as needed. Because nitrous oxide can be flushed from the system in just minutes, you’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Those who desire a slightly deeper level of relaxation can opt for oral conscious sedation. Unlike nitrous oxide, this option is administered in pill form. Typically taken about one hour before your appointment, this sedative will help induce relaxation for a more carefree experience. In fact, many patients actually fall asleep during treatment. However, you’ll still be able to talk with our dental team when necessary.
Because oral sedatives affect motor function and cognitive ability, you’ll need to arrange for a driver on the day of your procedure. This should be someone you trust, such as a friend or family member.
Combining Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious Sedation
Another option available to our patients involves combining nitrous oxide with oral medication. In certain circumstances, this can provide an even deeper level of sedation. Oftentimes, this is appropriate for patients who are undergoing lengthy treatment.
Contact Us for More Information
Dr. Pena Marro can talk with you about our sedation options and help you find a solution that’s right for you. To learn more – or to schedule an appointment at our Miami, FL practice – contact us online or call us at (786) 847-0123.
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