Think back to when you last saw the dentist. Can’t remember? Then perhaps the problem isn’t that you’re forgetful but that you’re anxious about seeing the dentist. In that case, speak to Dr. LeBlanc about sedation dentistry. He and his staff understand that the sights and sounds in a dentist’s office can be unsettling. Whatever the reason for your dental phobia or anxiety, Spring, TX sedation dentist Dr. LeBlanc can settle your nerves.
If dental anxiety hits you at about the same time that you sit down in the dentist’s chair, then nitrous oxide will probably provide the perfect level of sedation for you. Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nose mask worn during your entire treatment. As you breathe normally, the gas quickly goes to work. A feeling of tranquility spreads over your body. While you relax, Dr. LeBlanc can complete your dental work. Then, as soon as the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off and you can go about your day as usual.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For those patients whose anxiety tends to build as their visit to the dentist in Spring, TX draws nearer there is oral conscious sedation. With this, Dr. LeBlanc prescribes a mild oral sedative that you’ll take before coming to your appointment. With a sedative in your system, you won’t be able to drive before or after your visit, so, be sure to arrange to have a family member or friend accompany you. You’ll arrive already feeling relaxed. Many patients report having had a nice nap while Dr. LeBlanc and his team worked on their smiles. In fact, we talk back and forth with you during treatment, but the sedative often makes recollecting the conversation impossible. After you get home, Dr. LeBlanc recommends taking it easy until the next day.
Intravenous sedation delivers medication through a vein to more deeply relax patients who have moderate to severe dental anxiety. IV sedation is also appropriate for patients with physical or developmental disabilities that may prevent them from sitting for too long in the dentist’s chair. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need a responsible adult to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home.
While you’re receiving IV sedation, we’ll monitor your vital signs: heart rate, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level. Nothing is more important to Dr. LeBlanc and his staff than your health and safety. Because the sedative medication is administered through a vein, you’ll likely feel the affects almost immediately. While you’re comfortably sedated, Dr. LeBlanc will be able to complete the dental care you need.
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To learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment with Dr. LeBlanc, call our office today.