Like many patients, you may feel anxious at the very thought of dental treatment. If so, you may benefit from sedation dentistry at our Memphis practice. Dr. Timothy Hacker understands that dental anxiety is a very real problem, and he offers compassionate, gentle care. He will help you select the right sedation option for your needs. He will also take as much time as you need to answer all your questions and to help you feel comfortable before treatment. Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from our advanced sedation options.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Dr. Hacker uses advanced tools, gentle techniques, and local anesthesia to provide treatment with minimal physical discomfort. Sedation dentistry is designed to reduce patient apprehension. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may feel extremely nervous before any form of treatment - even a routine checkup. In some cases, you may have trouble sleeping the night before an exam. You may even experience an increased heart rate, nausea, and other physical symptoms. By providing gentle, effective, and safe sedation options, Dr. Hacker wants to reduce your anxiety and help you relax during treatment.
Types of Sedation
We offer several types of sedation. Each one is effective, and the right option for you will depend on your level of anxiety and the treatment you are going to receive. At your consultation, Dr. Hacker will explain the benefits of each method. Together you can determine the right type for your needs. Your options include:
- Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation. Dr. Hacker will administer this clear gas through a mask. It will take effect quickly, inducing feelings of deep relaxation and even mild euphoria. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, and you can typically drive home after your treatment.
- Oral conscious sedation: Oral conscious sedation offers mild to moderate levels of sedation. The dentist will prescribe an anti-anxiety drug to take at home before your appointment. The dosage will determine the degree of sedation. A smaller dose may simply take the edge off of your nerves. A larger dose can induce a “twilight sleep.” Even though you will be awake and able to answer Dr. Hacker’s questions during treatment, you will remember very little when the medication wears off.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation: Finally, Dr. Hacker can also administer medication through an IV. As with oral conscious sedation, the degree of sedation can vary. However, the drugs typically take effect more quickly, and Dr. Hacker can closely monitor the amount you receive during your procedure. If you choose oral conscious or IV sedation, you should arrange for a ride home after your treatment.
Dr. Hacker is also extremely gentle when administering injections, and he has a special anesthesia that makes them virtually pain-free.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation has proven immensely helpful in easing patient anxiety. If you suffer from this condition, you may have put off dental treatment for years. As a result, you may now be at risk for decay, or you may require extensive restorative treatment. Sedation dentistry allows you to receive the treatment you need without worry or stress. Thanks to our gentle and personalized care, you can restore your oral health and enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.
Learn More During a Consultation
If anxiety has kept you from receiving the treatment you need, sedation dentistry may be the solution. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Hacker and find out more about our sedation options.