Do you remember the “We cater to cowards,” sign with a fearful little fella hiding behind a chair in the dentist’s office when you were a kid? What did that mean?
Going to the dentist is fun! He brushes your teeth, takes a picture, you get a little trinket, miss a little school and off you go. Well, that was before anything really hurt. Now, you’re a grown-up, there’s no trinket, and the things your teeth need now, root canals, fillings and hard-to reach plaque, really HURT. And so, you may have become just a little bit of a coward.
The reality is, if you put off a visit to the dentist because you’re afraid, the visits will be much harder on you, creating a vicious cycle – and bad things for your mouth. If you feel you’ll never overcome the anxiety that comes when you get that little reminder card in the mail, it’s time to consider sedation dentistry. At Smile Spa, they have two options that take away a lot of the pain before you go to the dentist. They are:
1) Pre-medication/Sedations Dentistry – where you take a prescription a few minutes before your appointment to help ease your anxiety. You will have to get someone to drive you there and back.
2) Nitrous Oxide – a calming gas that you inhale through a mask at your visit. Afterward, oxygen is used to reduce the effects of the gas before you leave. You’ll be able to drive home or return to work.
It is important that your research the dentists in your area to make sure that you are comfortable with their expertise in sedation dentistry. To choose the sedation dentist in Baton Rouge that is right for you, research various dental sites in town or perform a google search for sedation dentistry in Baton Rouge. You want to make sure that you are at ease with the selection that you make.
When researching sedation dentistry in Baton Rouge, make sure you pay attention to the following criteria:
Education In Sedation Dentistry
Find out how much training your dentist has had in sedation dentistry. Since sedation dentistry is a specialized field, you want to ensure that you are selecting a dentist in Baton Rouge that has the appropriate education in this field.
Continuing Education In Sedation Dentistry
In addition to past training, it is important to know if your sedation dentist is committed to keeping up with the latest techniques and advancements in sedation dentistry. It is completely acceptable to ask the office for a print out of their latest courses in sedation dentistry. Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger just returned from a sedation dentistry course in Atlanta, where she was able to advance her experience level and expertise in the specific category of sedation dentistry (See Video Below).
Experience In Sedation Dentistry
It is important for a patient to keep their anxiety level down during a dental visit. One of the main ways to do this is through the experience of the dentist. An experienced dentist performs the sedation dental procedures on a regular basis. Once you are in the care of an experienced dentist, it can certainly make the anxiety level drop tremendously.
Types of Sedation Used
Various types of dental sedation are applied by dentists. There are also different levels of each type of sedation. The dental sedation procedure can be administered in light, moderate, and heavy doses. This is all determinded by your dentist and it really depends on the patient. Be sure to discuss with your sedation dentist which type of dental sedation would be best for your situation.
On our sedation dentistry page, we have an information that can help you learn more. If you are considering any type of sedation dentistry, our team at The Smile Spa happy to answer any questions you may have.