Published: 05/28/2019

You are not alone if you feel yourself overcome with fear before visiting the periodontist. When your heart races or you get sweaty palms just thinking of sitting in the dental chair, you probably suffer from dental anxiety. Dr. Alejandro Kovacs and the staff at Pinnacle Implants & Periodontics understand that receiving dental treatment is not always comfortable, but we are here to help all of our patients get the care they need with the help of sedation dentistry if necessary.

Sedation Options Available Here

Advances in science and technology have made it possible for us to offer a number of sedation options to meet our patients’ needs:

  • Local anesthetic: This is when Dr. Kovacs numbs the area being worked on using a syringe. The numbness usually lasts for a couple of hours, but the patient is awake and aware during treatment.
  • Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas, this option promotes a relaxed feeling. It does not numb any area or put the patient to sleep.
  • Oral sedation: This pill is taken about an hour before treatment and promotes a relaxed state. Most patients do not remember their treatment after the sedation wears off.
  • Intravenous: I.V. sedation is typically reserved for more complex procedures or for those with severe anxiety or sensitive gag reflexes. The sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, and patients may be conscious or unconscious during treatment.

Which One Is Right for You?

The type of sedation used for you depends entirely on your needs. Dr. Kovacs can help decide which option is right for your procedure based on the type of treatment and your level of dental anxiety. It is important for you to be open and honest about your needs so we can provide you with the best treatment.

Arrange a Consultation Today

You should not have to fear visiting your periodontist. Contact our office today to arrange a consultation and learn more about how our sedation dentistry services can help with your dental anxiety.

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