Dr. Greg J Herd and Associates are dedicated to providing gentle, compassionate dental care to patients of all ages. We are keenly aware, however, of the fact that some people, for personal reasons, ﬁnd it very difﬁcult to visit the dentist. Perhaps you have experienced sub-par dental care in your past, or you simply feel anxious having someone in your personal space. Whatever your reasons for dental anxiety, we have the experience and the tools to help you manage your oral health. Sedation dentistry has been used for several years, and has made it easy for millions of very anxious patients to care for their smiles.
Incorporating sedation into dental care, it becomes possible to completely change your dental experiences. Our patients, as well as our team, beneﬁt from the improvement in patient comfort that stems from the use of oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. During your initial consultation, you can discuss the factors that have held you back from obtaining dental care freely. We will also provide information on sedation so that the correct form for your needs is chosen.
Oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation provides a safe and convenient way to ease anxiety before dental care. If this option is chosen, a prescription is written and oral medication is taken about an hour before your dental visit. It is necessary to arrange reliable transportation due to the effects of the sedative medication. By the time you arrive at our ofﬁce, you will be feeling calm and conﬁdent. Oral conscious sedation does not cause you to sleep through treatment, but impacts the central nervous system so that the dental environment does not cause emotional discomfort. Throughout your visit, you will be able to communicate with our team in full comfort.
IV sedation is ideal in a number of situations. Administered by an Anesthesiologist, IV sedation takes effect quickly and cause’s light sleep. Throughout treatment, the Anesthesiologist and an experienced member of our staff continually monitors vitals to ensure the proper dosage of anesthesia is maintained at all times. IV sedation may be used for highly anxious patients or for those who want to complete an extensive amount of dental work in a single visit.
Sedation is a wonderful inclusion in dental care, easing anxiety as well as any physical discomfort that may come from sitting in the dental chair for extended periods. Under sedation, the passage of time seems very quick. After sedative medication has worn off, patients feel extremely well and tend to remember very little of their dental treatment. Your smile and oral health are important to quality of life. Under the care of Dr. Greg J Herd and Associates, your dental care needs can be met in a calm, friendly environment. Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry.