1800 SE 17th St STE 602, Ocala, FL 34471
1800 SE 17th St STE 602, Ocala, FL 34471
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Dental Sedation Services With An Ocala Dentist

Have you ever made a dentist appointment—maybe more than one—and then when the day comes, you cancel? Or maybe you just don’t show up? Have you perhaps gone from dentist to dentist, hoping that it was the dentist and not your fear of dentists in general that was the problem? Have you avoided getting not just recommended checkups but needed treatment because you were afraid of the dentist?

You are not alone. Many, many people suffer from dental anxiety and often don’t get the care they need. Because we care about your smile and you, we offer sedation dentistry treatments in Ocala to ease your worries during your visits here. Having a sedation dentist you can trust is important and can ease your fears even more.

Dental Sedation Services With an Ocala Dentist

Beyond the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer, you can ask about our special pain-free dental sedation services and technology. As these sedation dentistry treatments can change with new developments, we are constantly devoted to learning and perfecting the most recent dental sedation techniques at our practice near Ocala and The Villages. What does this mean for our Ocala patients? The best in sedation dentistry and pain-free treatments!

Advances in sedation dentistry have made dental appointments stress-free and comfortable.

Sedation Options at Ocala Smiles

What kind of sedation dentistry treatments does our sedation dentistry team offer in Ocala? Keep reading to learn more. 

Nitrous Oxide

Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide really doesn’t make you laugh or even giggle, it only puts your mind at ease and gives a slight euphoric feel. This sedation dentistry treatment is merely the gas nitrous mixed with oxygen that your dentist then administers to you through a tube placed into your nose so you breathe it. It is odorless. 

There are several benefits to this sedation dentistry treatment. The biggest benefit is that dental sedation is quick acting. That means you come to our office, receive nitrous oxide, have your dental treatment(s) done, then the dentist removes the tubes from your nose and within a very short time, you do not feel any after effects. During your dental procedures, you feel relaxed and aware, but not anxious about your procedures.

Conscious Dental Sedation

Conscious dental sedation is a pill we prescribe to you and give to you, usually taken before you come to your appointment. Because oral dental sedation can make you feel woozy, you will need to find transportation to and from your appointment. Just like nitrous oxide, this sedation dentistry treatment helps you feel relaxed. Though you may feel woozy, you are aware of the dental work being done, but may not be bothered by it at all.

The advantage of dental sedation—besides feeling less anxious during your appointments—is that you may feel less pain because anxiety can make you tense up and add to the pain you might experience; loose muscles recover faster. Also, because you feel so relaxed, your sedation dentist near Ocala and The Villages can often perform more than one procedure during your visit.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

When you come to visit Ocala Smiles, our dentist and dental assistants will help figure out the best sedation dentistry option for you. We take into consideration your comfort level, the procedure, and your medical history. Dental sedation works for many patients and treatments, and there are many potential benefits to requesting sedation dentistry. 

  • Better dental care: If you’re not stressed about every procedure, you’ll be able to sit through cleanings and procedures easier. Your dental health will improve when you start feeling comfortable with regular checkups.
  • More efficient treatments: Your treatment is performed quickly and efficiently when you’re not worried or fidgety during the appointment. 
  • Less anxiety: You’ll get peace of mind, even if you have dental fears or phobias. Sedation dentistry is crucial for patients who put off going to the dentist because of their worries. 
  • Quick recovery times: In most cases, you’ll be able to return to your daily life the very same day. While every person reacts differently, most people are fine after less than a day. You’ll also recover from your treatment faster when you’re more relaxed during your appointment.
  • Pain management: During any dental procedure, our team will ensure you are comfortable. Sedation dentistry treatments reduce pain and anxiety, and we will also administer other pain medications if needed. 

If you have more questions about the benefits of sedation dentistry, reach out to us today, and one of our team members will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Am I Safe To Get Sedation Dentistry Treatments?

The great news about sedation dentistry is that it’s usually safe for most patients. Even children can receive nitrous oxide in many cases, and conscious sedation is a good choice for teens and adults. However, if you have further concerns about the safety of these treatments or any potential risks, feel free to give us a call. 

During the appointment, your dentist and our team will also walk you through each step of the process. We always want you to feel comfortable when you visit Ocala Smiles! 

Are There Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry? 

Because there are different kinds of sedation dentistry treatments, the side effects vary. However, for nitrous oxide and conscious sedation, the risks are fairly minimal. Before administering any medication, our dentist will assess your health and talk to you about any potential side effects. The most common side effects are fairly mild and include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Grogginess
  • Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Slight Memory Loss

These side effects are mild, and should only last through the appointment and the day of. If they are lasting any longer, please contact our dentist at Ocala Smiles.

For conscious sedation, having someone to drive you to and from the appointment is usually necessary. However, for nitrous oxide, most people are back to normal almost immediately. You can have comfortable dental visits without all the fear and then return to your busy life. 

Reduce Your Dental Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

Curious about sedation dentistry options and how they can help you? At Ocala Smiles, our friendly dentist and team are happy to answer any questions you have. We want you to get the best dental care possible, and sedation dentistry is a great way to make visits more comfortable. 

Sedation dentistry is ideal for dental phobics, those people for whom just the thought of entering a dentist’s office is enough to fill them with intense anxiety. It is also perfect for people with busy schedules and little time. Call today to get the treatments you want and need in a relaxed, comforting setting in Ocala! We care about your great oral health and offer our services to those in The Villages and Ocala area!