Fearful and Anxious Dental Patients
Dental anxiety is very common among millions of Americans causing many people to avoid going to the dentist and thereby foregoing the important dental care they may need. Neglecting oral health may lead to very serious oral and even overall health issues. By maintaining optimum oral health patients save on what may be costly, time consuming and unnecessary dental procedures in the future.
If you experience any of these common fears or dental anxieties in degrees ranging from mild uneasiness to severe phobia, Dr. Faist and his team can help.
We’ve been going to Jerry for years. The team there is friendly, and more importantly, really good at what they do. I’d recommend Dr Faist’s office even to those with a fear of dentists.
Dr. Faist has been helping his patients throughout the Cleveland area overcome their dental anxieties for over 30 years.
He has several proven techniques to help calm even the most anxious patient and make their dental visit comfortable and easy.
For those patients who are apprehensive in a dental chair, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is one of Dr. Faist’s techniques that can help relax and partially sedate the patient.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years.
While nitrous oxide may not make you laugh out loud like its “nickname” suggests, it often gives patients a feel good grin. It is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Above all, it is safe.
During the procedure, the patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
Once the procedure is finished, the nitrous oxide is turned off and the patient returns to normal, with no drowsy side effects. The patient can drive home without assistance.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide:
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties take effect.
Reasons not to use Nitrous Oxide:
- Nitrous oxide should not be used for those patients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD.
- Those patients with emphysema, other chest related problems, M.S. a cold or other difficulties with breathing may choose not to use nitrous oxide.
If nitrous oxide doesn’t achieve the desired effect, it may be necessary for you to take oral medications before your visit.
We use a combination of two different oral medications that make you much more relaxed. Oftentimes you will have little or no memory of the procedures that were performed. If this method of sedation is chosen the patient will need to have someone bring them to their appointment and take them home. A long nap is usually necessary once you get home after the procedure.
Once in a great while patients may want or need to be totally sedated. That is also possible and routinely done in Dr. Faist’s office. An ambulatory anesthesia group can be scheduled and the anesthesiologist works side by side with Dr. Faist to deliver dental care with total amnesia.
Of course, Dr. Faist will discuss all the sedation options with you and help you to pick the method that will work best for you.