We All Know The Drill
. . . and the effect the mere sound or notion has on most of us. Anxiety, fear, phobia, dread? For many of us this profound feeling influences the way we feel about the dentist. Dental anxiety effects a vast number of people causing many to fail visiting their dentists on a regular basis, at Groton Wellness Dental we aim to remedy that.
Not To Worry
Our doctors and practitioners deeply understand this apprehension. We make every effort to make you feel as comfortable as possible and totally at ease. While we do employ a host of relaxation services during your appointment to keep you relaxed and worry-free, you may find you require a bit more to take the edge off.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
We have offered Oral Sedation to our patients for several years now and the experience has received rave reviews. It has proven to work incredibly well to relax patients during dental work and minimize pain or sensitivity in the days following treatment. Sedation Dentistry can be used for dental anxiety, long appointments.
How Does It Work?
Sometimes referred to as “comfortable” or “relaxation” dentistry, the purpose of oral sedation is to allow us to work more effectively by helping you become as comfortable as possible through the use of orally administered sedative medications. Our dentists are highly trained, certified dentists, and they employ a variety of protocols customized to your physiological/pharmacological needs. A number of oral medications have been developed specifically for these purposes. They have been subjected to rigorous research and testing, and have proven to be very safe and effective over decades of use.
During the entire time you are sedated in our dental treatment room, we use a hospital-grade pulse oximeter unit used to monitor your vital signs.
Note: you are not put to sleep! We do not put you to sleep, however, you will be comfortably relaxed and not even care that you’re at the dentist. Patients are never meant to sleep through appointments and should always be able to verbally/physically respond to cues from the doctor or team.
Is It Right For You?
Oral sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, particularly people who have:
- High dental anxiety and fear
- A severe gag reflex
- Time constraints—those who need to get more dental treatment done in fewer visits
- Chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Difficulty getting numb
- Extensive treatment needs
- A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while fully relaxed