Calm, Relaxing Care
Dr. Damien Armstrong and his friendly staff strive to make their patients' experience as relaxing and comfortable as possible. If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist's office, or if you are especially sensitive to dental treatment, we offer sedation dentistry. Our Chattanooga practice offers oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, two safe and effective methods that can help you feel calm and more receptive to treatment. Anxiety and pronounced sensitivity can happen in patients of all ages, and we strive to do everything in our power to help our patients feel comfortable pursuing and undergoing the dental treatment they absolutely need. If you are in need of dental care, and would like to learn how sedation dentistry can help, please contact our Chattanooga practice serving East Brainerd and surrounding communities today.
Sedation Dentistry for a Relaxing Dental Visit
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation places the patient in a state of near-sleep. You will still be able to respond to commands, but you will be very
relaxed, and when the effects of the drug subside, you will probably have little or no memories of your experience. You will be given a pill to take before coming to our office. For this reason, it is very important to have a friend, family member or loved one drive you to your appointment. Depending upon how quickly the drug takes effect, you may also need assistance getting into a vehicle, entering the building, and moving from room to room.
Once your treatment is complete, whoever accompanies you to your appointment will help you get home safely. You can expect to feel mildly sedated for awhile following treatment, so budget time to sleep or relax at home.
This method of sedation involves inhaling a mixture of 70% oxygen and 30% nitrous. You will experience a relaxed euphoria that also diminishes pain and gag reflex. Once the flow of nitrous oxide is stopped, the effects will wear off after about three to five minutes. There is no "hangover" after this point, and you will be able to safely drive yourself home following treatment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The promise of significantly reduced or eliminated anxiety is often the most appealing benefit of sedation dentistry. The relationship between a healthy smile and your overall health cannot be understated, and if anxiety or pronounced sensitivity is delaying you in seeking the treatment you need, we encourage you to lean more about sedation dentistry. Sedation can also allow Dr. Armstrong and his staff to more easily administer your treatment. After all, a calm and cooperative patient is much easier to treat than a patient who is tense or anxious.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
Anxiety and pronounced sensitivity to dental treatment can occur in patients of all ages and from all walks of life. If these conditions affect you, we can help you make your dental treatment experience a calm and relaxed one with sedation dentistry. Please contact our Chattanooga practice today to learn more.
"Dr. Armstrong is absolutely the best dentist I have ever been to! He is very gentle and thorough. I have been very unhappy with my teeth for a long time and he was able to to fix every concern I had. This is a Dentist that cares!"Melissa R.