Nearly every day we speak to residents of Park City, UT, who are hesitant about coming to see us, even for something as simple as a cleaning or a filling. Some people trace the anxiety back to a negative experience, perhaps as a child. Others simply remember the sounds and sights of older dental techniques and tools, which weren’t always comfortable or convenient. When someone’s fear of the dentist keeps them from getting regular treatment, the consequences can be deadly. Even good home care habits are not always enough. Brushing and flossing can remove most of the food between your teeth, but if anything gets missed, it can attract bacteria, which can attack your gums, causing gingivitis. Gum disease can lead to:
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Infections in other parts of your body
Gum disease can even put you at risk for a stroke, type 2 diabetes, or pregnancy complications. With so much at stake, a trip to the dentist should never be put off. Fortunately for the patients at Park City Dental Associates, we offer the comfort of sedation dentistry.
How Sedation Helps
With our sedation procedure—provided right here in our office by Elite Anesthesia—you will be completely conscious, but totally relaxed. Some of our patients even fall asleep during their treatment. The nitrous oxide will make you feel calm, no matter how stressed out or anxious you were when we first met you in the waiting room. After the treatment is complete, you will receive a dose of pure oxygen to flush the nitrous oxide from your body so you can return to your day, as planned. You should not feel groggy or have any other after effects, and you’ll be ready to get back on the road within minutes of the procedure coming to an end.
Protecting Your Overall Health & Safety
Before sedation is given, we will make sure to give you a thorough health screening. We’ll ask questions about your overall health and what types of medications or supplements you take to avoid any drug interactions. We will also make sure you understand everything about the process before we begin.
Never let anxiety or stress stand in the way of you having the healthy smile and body you deserve. Reach out to us here in our Park City, UT, office to learn more about sedation dentistry.