If you’ve been putting off dental care due to anxiety, sedation dentistry may be an excellent choice for you. Dentophobia, the fear of dentists or dental procedures, is very common and can lead to procrastination with dental issues. The problem is, the longer you wait to see a dentist the more likely it is that you’ll need more extensive procedures or even lose the tooth. At Renken Dentistry, we understand that dental care can be a source of anxiety and want to do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible; that’s why we offer safe, effective sedation dentistry at our Jerome, IL office.
We use only nitrous oxide for our sedation. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” provides extremely safe, hypoallergenic sedation that greatly lessens anxiety. It will put you in a very comfortable state, but won’t make you unconscious, so you’ll still have a sense of what’s going on and be able to talk. It’s easy to administer and doesn’t require needles or injections, which makes it a great option for children. You’ll be given a mask that delivers a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide and asked to breathe normally. After a few minutes, you should be able to feel the effects and have a significant reduction in anxiety or nervousness. Once your procedure is done, the mask is removed, and the effects of the gas will quickly wear off.
If you’ve spent time searching terms like “dentist that use sedation near me,” you may have come across other dentists that use “sleep dentistry.” This often uses oral or intravenous drugs to produce fairly deep sedation; we choose not to use this type of sedation for several reasons. Due to how quickly the effects of nitrous oxide take hold and wear off, we have greater control over sedation levels and can easily adjust your sedation as needed at any point during the procedure. Since nitrous oxide doesn’t make you fall asleep, it’s easy for you to communicate with your dental team if you experience any discomfort or require more local anesthesia. You’ll also be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, making it far more convenient than other types of sedation.
Our friendly and caring staff offer comprehensive dental care using state of the art technology. We offer everything from routine exams and cleanings to cosmetic procedures like crowns and veneers. Anxiety shouldn’t hold you back from being able to have excellent oral health; if you’re looking for the safest sedation dentistry in Jerome, IL, give us a call today at 217-483-7177 or send us a message to schedule an appointment.