Patients of all ages can experience anxiety related to visiting the dentist. Others suffer from conditions such as arthritis that make it uncomfortable to sit for long periods in a dentist's chair. Sedation dentistry induces a state of relaxation so that you can undergo necessary procedures without feeling anxious or physically uncomfortable. At Bivens Dentistry in Mt. Juliet, TN, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help you have the most comfortable experience possible under our care. Dr. Shaun Bivens and his team are here to help you achieve the healthy, attractive smile you deserve.
Types of Sedation We Offer
We offer two sedation dentistry methods:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a face mask. Nitrous oxide sedation is approved for both adults and children by the American Dental Association. During treatment, the doctor can closely monitor and control the amount of sedation you receive. It will only take a few minutes for the effects of sedation to wear off after treatment, so you can drive yourself home afterward.
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Oral conscious sedation induces a deeper state of relaxation. It involves taking a pill before your dental appointment. Often, this treatment causes patients to remember very little, if anything, about their procedure. The effects take longer to subside, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.
If you are nervous about your procedure or struggle with another condition that makes it difficult to undergo dental treatment, we encourage you to be forward about it with Dr. Bivens, During your consultation, he can determine if sedation is right for you, and recommend the most appropriate type.
Is Sedation Right for You?
Many patients can benefit from using sedation, including those who suffer from:
- Dental phobia
- Fear of needles
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Back problems
- Difficulty controlling movements
Additionally, sedation may be recommended if you are undergoing an extensive procedure such as a full mouth reconstruction.
Your oral health has an important influence on your overall health, and we believe in doing all that we can to make sure you receive the care you need.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Neglecting routine cleanings and exams for any reason can result in decay, infections, and other severe oral health issues. If you have been avoiding the dentist, sedation can help you feel at ease about your dental care. Your oral health has an important influence on your overall health, and we believe in doing all that we can to make sure you receive the care you need.
In addition to comfort, sedation dentistry can also help improve the efficiency of your procedure. Anxiety and other conditions can make it difficult for your dentist to administer treatment, but when you are relaxed, Dr. Bivens can expedite your care.
Patient Comfort Is Our Priority
Your comfort is our priority, and our team makes every effort to help you feel welcomed and relaxed. In addition to sedation, we provide amenities such as blankets to help you feel comfortable. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (615) 773-8882.