Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is one very big reason people avoid the dentist. Ironically, if one avoids dental care for long periods of time, they may end up with a reason to feel anxious about future dental visits. People with strong gag reflexes or physical limitations that make dentist visits uncomfortable may benefit from visiting a sleep dentist. Palm City residents with dental anxiety who are in need of multiple dental procedures can stop their hunt for a sedation dentist now that they have found Dr. S. Donovan Essen.

Removing Barriers to Dental Care with Sedation Dentistry

As a member of the ADSA and the ASAAD, Dr. Essen provides both intravenous (IV) sedation and oral sedation. Patients with special needs are able to relax during otherwise stressful procedures, as are those with dental anxieties.  Dr. Essen is committed to creating a plan of support for all of his patients. His goal is to help ease the fears of patients who have avoided the dentist for far too long.

IV Sedation at a Glance

IV sedation opens up treatment options to patients with severe dental anxiety, extensive dental needs, and children and adults with special needs. Medication is administered intravenously. Patients can expect to feel relaxed and calm during treatment, and they may even become so drowsy that they actually sleep through the appointment.

Longer procedures are better tolerated with the use of IV sedation. We can regulate comfort levels so we can get more done in one sitting. Most people have little to no memory of their procedure. Once the treatment is complete, the sedative is flushed out of your system.

Oral Sedation Basics

Oral sedation may work better for patients who have a fear of needles or for those in need of relatively quick procedures. An oral medication is prescribed that induces a drowsy, relaxed feeling that enables Dr. Essen to get to work on teeth he may not have seen for years to come without the help of oral sedation.

The Inside Scoop of Sleep Dentistry

Dr. Essen and his team monitor the patient’s vital signs throughout both procedures. Choosing either IV or oral sedation does not mean you will be totally unconscious, but it does mean that you could end up sleeping through the appointment. Most patients have little to no memory of their procedures. For safety’s sake, a friend or family member must accompany the patient to and from the dental office.

Knowledge of sedation dentistry motivates people who have been too scared to ask about cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers or dental implants to speak up. Though sedation dentistry is not the answer for everyone, just knowing there is a choice can ease some dental anxiety. Essen Dentistry is known for providing patients with such a safe and supportive environment that some patients are able to undergo treatments without sedation.

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