Sedation Dentistry In Grand Rapids, MI
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For over 30 years our team at Dr. Samuel T. Bander, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has prided ourselves in creating a tranquil and comfortable environment for our patients. However, we understand that some people struggle with anxiety when visiting the dentist, which is why we offer safe and effective sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents called sedatives to relax a patient during a dental appointment. People with dental fears and anxiety are good candidates for this service. In addition, patients who have more extensive work and potentially long appointments may consider sedation dentistry as well.
We offer our Grand Rapids patients oral sedation. Oral sedation comes in a couple variations. We typically use Halcion®. Halcion is an effective sedative that promotes sleepiness, relaxation and also has a short term amnesia effect. The drug typically peaks around an hour making it incredibly effective at calming nerves and concerns throughout most dental treatments. In fact, we find most people sleep through their dental treatment and have very little recollection of the appointment the next day. Any patient who wishes to be sedated must have a caregiver available for transportation, as it is normal to feel drowsy for the remainder of the day.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
• Anxiety is alleviated
• More can be accomplished during each visit
• No pain
• Perfectly safe
• Few to no side effects
• Procedures seem to take less time
Another tool we use for calming nerves is Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”. It is used as a mild sedative. The gas is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
In addition to offering oral sedation and nitrous oxide to ease dental fears, our Grand Rapids dental team has a reputation of being extremely gentle as we truly care about our patients overall experience. We have created a unique spa-like atmosphere in effort to completely change the way people feel about going to the dentist. Patients who have anxieties associated with the smells, sounds, and visuals of dentistry can come to Dr. Samuel T. Bander, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry and have a completely different dental experience – one of relaxation, comfort and pampering.
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We aspire to help everyone get the treatment they need for a healthier mouth and body. If you have questions about your oral health, dental anxiety or sedation dentistry and want to see if our Grand Rapids practice is right for you, call us at (616) 949-5980.