Many individuals have fears or anxieties about visiting the dentist. Whether they had a bad experience in the dental chair before, or have an overall uneasiness around dental practices, it can be difficult for some to get in to the dentist for the treatments they need. Thanks to advances in oral sedation dentistry, LA practices such as Downtown Dental can now offer patients the ability to be completely relaxed and at ease before and during their dental treatments.
Oral sedation works by relaxing the patient with an oral medication. Before the patient’s appointment, they are instructed to take this oral pill approximately thirty minutes to one hour before their appointment. They will be completely conscious, but relaxed and at ease. They are required to arrange transportation to and from their appointment, however, for safety. Patients will arrive at the office for their treatment, and will be able answer questions, breathe, swallow, and even use the bathroom. Dr. Mungcal can perform their dental procedure, and then the patient is taken back home to rest. After they have slept, they will wake up and have no recollection of the appointment whatsoever; however, their dental treatment will be complete.
Oral sedation can also be used in instances where patients may be in the dental chair for several hours. Long procedures and treatments will typically go easier when a patient is sedated, so it is often considered for smile makeovers, dental implants, and other lengthy treatments.
Oral sedation dentistry is a great way to get anxious patients into the dentist’s chair for the dental work and oral care that they need. Patients who are fearful of the dentist are less apt to call and schedule an appointment, or go in for extensive dental work. By using oral sedation, Dr. Mungcal has been able to see patients who have gone years without professional cleanings or examinations. Getting the patient into the office is the first step to providing them with the dental care and assistance that they need and desire.
Are you fearful of the dentist? Do you experience high anxiety that makes you skip dental appointments altogether? Now is the time to take control of your fears to get the care you need. Call Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental today and ask about oral sedation dentistry. This may be the step you need to take to have an easy, relaxing visit to the dental office.