Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so nervous about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning to take away any anxiety you may have.
You will receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This is a deeper sedation method which allows Dr. Hapney to continually adjust the level of sedation. More than 100 million patients in the US have some form of dental anxiety. The dental anxiety can be treated with a variety of techniques, all of which Dr. Hapney is thoroughly experienced in providing. We use the most up-to-date and sophisticated monitoring and emergency equipment available essentially turning our office into a state-of-the-art surgical suite. Dr. Hapney is uniquely qualified to perform sedation and monitoring while producing high quality dental work. Our primary goal is to safely provide a comfortable, relaxed experience while healthy, beautiful smiles are created and maintained. We personalize our anesthetic plan to each individual patient. Numerous techniques are available and depend on medical history, the procedure, and even your personal preferences.
Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation you take a pill, usually about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Many people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation that they sleep during the procedure. This procedure does require a friend or family member to provide transportation to and from the appointment. Nitrous Oxide is also used in conjunction with this modality.
A safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," it will make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It helps with anxiety and is not intended to put you to sleep. You will breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
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There are not adequate words to describe the exceptional experience I had at Five Forks Dental Care. I had not been to the dentist in a very long time due to sheer embarrassment and high anxiety. From the sweet Savannah that scheduled my appointmen to Christina, Dr. King to Cheryl my hygienist the staff was extremely compassionate and showed genuine concern not only for my dental health but also to the fact that I was so self conscious. Dr. King made absolutely sure I understood what my issues were and laid out a detailed treatment plan with all my options. I highly recommend them to anyone that is looking for the highest quality dental care and a staff that sees you as a person.
I love this place! The entire staff is very professional and personable. Every visit I have had they have gone above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable.