A lot of people are anxious about seeing the dentist. At Henrich Dental we offer sedation dentistry as a simple and effective method to help our patients overcome those concerns and receive the procedures that will improve the function and appearance of their teeth.
How Does It Work?
Sedation dentistry is often referred to as sleep dentistry, but there are some important differences. In some cases, general sedation is required, and it will be administered by a Dental Anesthesiologist. In most cases, though, we will use conscious sedation, where you simply take some medication to help you relax before you arrive at the office. (This means you’ll need someone to drive you to or from your appointment.) If you take the medication about an hour before your visit, you’ll be fully relaxed by the time you arrive.
Dr. Henrich now has a needle-free alternative to offer as a treatment option for his patients who may have needle phobia. Kovanaze is the first no-needle regional, pulpal anesthetic administered via nasal spray to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Be sure to ask Dr. Henrich about this during your visit if you are interested and he can go over treatment options with you.
There are several levels of sedation, and at Henrich Dental we will always discuss your concerns to determine what will work best for you.
Will It Help?
The most common candidates for sedation dentistry are those who have anxieties that are stopping them from getting proper dental care. Whether you have a deep-rooted fear of the dentist or a low pain tolerance, this can be extremely helpful. Other candidates are children who may not otherwise be able to stay still during a dental procedure and those patients with special needs.
Dr. Henrich has extensive experience working with people who feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and whether sedation dentistry is right for you.
IV Sedation for Dentistry
Dr. Henrich works with a local certified anesthesiologist to offer the comfort and convenience of IV sedation in our Tulsa dentist office. Patients who have special needs, severe anxiety or complex procedures can be asleep in the dentist chair during their treatment. When multiple treatments are necessary, the use of IV sedation can enable Dr. Henrich to complete all during one visit.