Relax, Dr. Cederbaum Can Help
At any given moment, approximately 27% of Americans live with untreated tooth decay. The simple solution is to visit Dr. Cederbaum for routine checkups and cleanings. However, some patients suffer from an intense fear of the dentist or dental treatment, also known as dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety affects an estimated 15% of the American population, preventing them from receiving essential care for their smiles. At Trailside Dentistry, Dr. Cederbaum features sedation dentistry to help mitigate your anxiety and allow you to get the dental care that you deserve.
For your convenience, we offer three forms of sedation dentistry: Oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
Three Options for Sedation
In addition to being a dentist, Dr. Cederbaum is a licensed pharmacist, so she has a unique understanding in regards to sedation. She’s also licensed by the state of Washington to administer IV sedation.
It should be noted that while we offer three forms of sedation, patients under the age of 12 are not eligible.
Oral sedation is one of the most straightforward, least invasive solutions for patients facing dental anxiety. This form of sedation requires that you take a pill about an hour before your procedure to ensure that you arrive relaxed and remain that way for the entirety of the treatment.
Since we advise you to take the medication before your treatment, you’ll need to arrange transportation — a ride to our office and a ride home afterward.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an inhalable form of sedation that places you in a calm, tranquil state. Dr. Cederbaum will administer the gas by first placing a mask over your nose. After a few deep breaths, you’ll be ready to receive treatment.
While the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, we still encourage you to have someone drive you home following treatment. The drive could be a friend, family member, co-worker, or Uber driver — as long as you aren’t behind the wheel.
IV sedation is an excellent option for patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety because the dosage can be increased or decreased as needed. As it is with the other forms of sedation, Dr. Cederbaum requires you to find a ride home after your treatment.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
While there are numerous reasons why somebody might need dental sedation, one of the most common is to offset the patient’s fear or anxiety. Other reasons why patients choose sedation dentistry include:
- Gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Low pain threshold
- Difficulty sitting still
- An extensive amount of dental work