Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. In fact, many people avoid visiting their dentist and receiving dental treatments altogether, as the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming. As a result, the teeth are neglected and the patient will begin to suffer from many dental problems. Skipping on necessary dental treatments for years and years will undoubtedly lead to poor overall and oral health. With sedation dentistry, offered at our Maryland area dental practice, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the stress and fear of your normal office visit.
Oral sedation dentistry is a great option to help people receive necessary dental care in the most comfortable and relaxed manner. It is very safe and effective and can save you from developing complex issues in the future. The key to addressing your dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with Dr. Finlay. Our entire dental team sympathizes with your concerns and strives to make your visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We provide you with a welcoming, caring and personalized atmosphere in addition to sedation dentistry.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Nearly all patients are eligible for sedation dentistry. While you relax comfortably, Maryland cosmetic dentist, Dr. Finlay and his staff can complete any dentistry treatment needed, often in just one visit. There are many additional benefits including:
- Local anesthetic has enhanced effectiveness
- Decreases gag reflex
- Alleviates anxiety
- Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
- Faster treatment time
- You will remember little from the appointment saving you from agonizing memories
How Does It Work?
For an oral sedation dentistry treatment, Dr. Finlay will prescribe you a medication in pill form. You should take this about an hour before you come in for your appointment. This small sedative pill will help you feel calm and comfortable by the time you arrive.
Your safety is our primary concern. During your dental treatment, we will be with you monitoring vital signs. Dr. Finlay will perform all necessary dental work and though you are in a relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests. You will remain fully conscious and able to breathe independently during the procedure.
Once the procedure is completed, most patients do not remember anything regarding their procedure, despite being awake throughout the procedure. You must have a responsible adult escort to and from their appointment as oral medications will impair your ability to drive.
Dr. Finlay has received extensive training in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S) program, the premier resource for sedation dentistry. Additionally, his staff has been trained in oral sedation techniques and will make you feel safe and comfortable throughout your visit. We take your dental health seriously and want to help feel relaxed during all your treatments.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
The key to treating and diagnosing dental problems is catching them early. Don’t let fear be the reason you avoid getting the dental treatments you need. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Finlay to discuss your anxiety issues and learn if oral sedation dentistry is right for you.