Sedation dentistry helps patients in Longview, TX take back their oral health
For many patients, the prospect of undergoing dental treatment can cause severe anxiety. In fact, nearly one out of every five people has some fear of the dentist. This can cause patients to avoid the dentist altogether and put their oral health at risk. Dr. Clint Bruyere believes that a relaxed patient allows a smoother procedure and can even improve recovery time. This is why he offers his patients in Longview TX oral conscious sedation to help them relax and increase their peace of mind about dental procedures.
With sedation dentistry, patients are able to receive corrective dental care that can restore oral health and improve overall health.
Oral Conscious Sedation
The use of oral sedatives such as Ativan or Halcion is a popular option for patients. Oral conscious sedation involves the patient taking a pill at a predetermined time before their scheduled appointment. The sedatives decrease activity in the part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety, which allows calm and relaxed feelings. With oral sedatives patients will remain conscious during the procedure but will feel free of stress and anxiety.
Some of the advantages of oral sedation include:
- Ease. Patients take the medication prior to their procedure so they arrive at the office relaxed.
- No needles. Patients simply swallow a pill; no needles as is required for IV sedation.
- Amnesia effect. Patients will have little to no memory of the procedure.
- Time Savings. With oral sedation, patients are often able to receive more dental work in one appointment.
- Affordable. Oral conscious sedation is much more affordable than IV sedation.
It is important to note that oral sedatives do remain in patients’ systems for several hours post treatment, so it will be necessary to have transportation arranged to and from the appointment.
Don’t let fear or anxiety put the health of your smile at risk. Dr. Bruyere and his staff are happy to discuss with you the advantages of sedation dentistry. To learn more and find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, call our office today at (903) 708-6116 to schedule an appointment.