No one wants to end up with bad breath, or worse things like gum disease and tooth decay. And no one fantasizes about wearing false teeth. Yet, millions of well-meaning folks can’t get it together to follow through on the sort of dental appointments that will be necessary to prevent such problems from unfolding. And trust us, without a professional looking out for your oral health, it is easy for things to get out of hand before you even know it. So, why would anyone put off the high-quality dental care they deserve? One common reason is a dangerous condition known as dental anxiety. It is a fear, irrational or not, of going to the dentist’s office. There are valid reasons for this state of mind–a general uneasiness about the unknown, a bad experience in the past, the prospect of a painful procedure, and so forth. But what we want you to know is that our Quakertown, PA dentist’s office won’t leave you in the dark about what is going on, and all your interactions with our staff will be pleasant and pain-free. So, keep reading to hear about our specialty: sedation dentistry, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Roeder and Dr. Kulp!
Level One: Nitrous Oxide
When your dental anxiety is not too bad, you are lucky. You’re probably able to call our office and make an appointment when you’re expected to. However, once you’re getting ready to drive over here, your nerves might kick in, making it difficult to follow through. If this describes what you are dealing with, we can help you quickly relax with an inhalation sedation technique involving laughing gas. For this method, we will administer nitrous oxide to you via a small mask that rests over your nose. You will breathe normally throughout your procedure, and our team of oral health professionals can regulate the amount of sedation you receive.
Level Two: Oral Sedation
When you are afflicted by mid-range dental anxiety, you are at a much greater risk of having problems and will likely need to step up the sedation dentistry levels just to get through your visit. Worse yet, you probably won’t go to the dentist unless something is causing you so much pain that there just is no other option left.
But take heart: the oral sedation method of sedation can help you with all of that. It involves a prescription sedative that our team will arrange for you to ingest, usually about an hour before your actual appointment is scheduled to take place. Oral sedation is far more intense than nitrous oxide, and will put you at ease for the duration of your visit. You will definitely need to ask someone to drive you home when it is over.
Level Three: IV Sedation
If your fear runs deep, that can be problematic for your health. In this range you might know that you require immediate dental care but you still can’t even think about making an appointment. Still, we can give you what is known as IV sedation–a very direct and powerful method of sedation that has immediate effects. With this method, a sedative is delivered directly into your bloodstream by way of an intravenous injection. You won’t be able to find this level at most area dentist’s offices.
Learn More, Get Started!
If you like what you have heard, come see for yourself what we can do for you. Start by calling 215-804-4777 or, if you prefer, you can schedule your next appointment with Dr. Roeder and Dr. Kulp online.