Sedation Dentist – San Marcos
The thought of or actually going to the dentist is a truly terrifying experience for some. As our San Marcos sedation dentist explains, dental anxiety is quite crippling. Sedation dentistry, however, allows for the patient with dental anxiety to have a comfortable experience. But why is it that some patients have extreme phobia and fear of the dentist?
Dental Phobias and Dental Anxiety
Most dental phobias stem from a negative experience. This usually happens when the patient is young. And sometimes the child’s parent may have had a negative experience. They then project their fears onto their own child unknowingly. As a result, the child is expecting an unpleasant experience. Then the slightest bit of discomfort validates their fears and dental anxiety. This creates a vicious cycle that is hard to break at times.
Sleep Dentistry – Patient Experience
How does this procedure work and what does a patient experience? First, you’ll meet our sedation dentist specialist in San Marcos, Dr. Sonny Eslampour for a consultation and examination. Our doctor will evaluate your medical health for safely performing this procedure. Additionally, we will discuss your dental needs and concerns. With this information, we can then design a treatment plan.
Dental Sedation Appointment
The night before your dental appointment you’ll take medications prescribed by our doctor at bedtime. In the morning you will take additional prescription pills while still at home. Once you are at our office and comfortably seated, you’ll be given additional medications based on your needs. Lastly, we will start your treatment when you are comfortably sedated.
Post Dental Sedation
Once the treatment is completed and the patient is alert, they will be escorted back home by a friend or family member. The patient will continue to sleep and rest after the treatment on the day of the procedure. The following day the patient may still feel a bit groggy, but they are usually alert enough to go about their daily routines.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Falling asleep – most patients doze off during their dental appointment.
- No memory of the visit – patients know they were at the dentist, but they just cannot remember any details.
- Easier recovery – when the patient’s mind is at rest, their body can heal and recover from the procedure faster.
- Get more done, faster – since the patient is comfortably sleeping, the dental procedure is more rapidly completed.
Sedation Dentistry Alternatives
Some patients are anxious and fearful of going to the dentist. While sedation dentistry will definitely help, it may be an overkill for a simple dental cleaning or small filling. Nitrous oxide is a milder level of sedation that works great in these cases.
Insurance and Financing
At Platinum Dental, Inc. in San Marcos, CA we understand how to best help patients with their dental insurance. We also offer financing so our patients don’t have to struggle to keep their dental health on a budget.
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