Mesa, AZ Dentist
Sossaman Dental Health and Implant Center
A visit to the dentist can cause fear or anxiety. Patients who experience dental phobia may postpone or avoid their dental appointments. Neglecting your oral health can lead to tooth loss, disease, and overall health problems. However, you can overcome dental fear with oral conscious sedation.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is the use of oral medication to achieve an appropriate level of relaxation so that a fearful patient can calmly receive the dental care he or she needs. Most states require board-certification, which involves additional training in dosage, monitoring, and safety. The entire process is simple and comfortable.
At your first appointment, we will discuss with you your overall health and medical history. If you feel comfortable, Dr. Kirch will take X-rays and examine your teeth and supporting tissues. This will give us the information we need to determine which dental treatments will restore your smile. Before you leave the office, we will schedule your next appointment and prescribe an anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety, medication.
We will advise you as to when you should take the medication. Accompanied by a responsible friend or family member, you’ll arrive at the dentist’s office more rested and relaxed. We will gauge your anxiety level when you arrive for the appointment. Your friend or family member will accompany you home once your dental work is complete. The effects of the sedative should subside by the following day.
Although your dental procedures may take hours, you will feel as if they take only minutes. Some patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep in the dentist’s chair. Sedation medications have an amnesic effect, so you’ll have few, if any, memories of the visit. You can immediately enjoy your beautiful new smile.
Who should consider oral conscious sedation? You may want to consider oral sedation if:
- You are fearful or anxious of dental treatment and dental instruments
- Local anesthetics do not have a numbing effect on you
- You have a sensitive gag reflex
- You suffer from any health issues, such as neck or back pain, which could lead to discomfort while sitting in a dentist’s chair
- How do I determine if I am a candidate?
Dr. Kirch and his professional staff work to create a comfortable and relaxing environment for our patients in Gilbert and Mesa, AZ and the surrounding areas. We accept most dental insurances and offer rotating monthly promotions on our website for a variety of treatment and services. If you have a dental emergency, same day appointments are available. Please browse our website to learn more about our practice and services.