Sedation Dentistry

Relax – With Sedation, You Can Forget You Were At the Dentist Office

One of the major benefits of Sedation Dentistry is people often feel like their dental procedure took only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform, allowing more work to be performed in a single visit.

What is Sedation Dentistry

Alleviate Your Dental Anxiety

Sedation dentistry is the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a dental patient prior to and during a dental appointment.

Do you fear going to the dentist? When you envision having your teeth cleaned, are you overwrought with fear? Are you one of the one in 10 people that report having a bad past dental experience that makes you endure the painfulness of a toothache rather than getting necessary dental work? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you want visit Advanced Dental Care. We can provide you with a comfortable, pain-free dental experience by offering sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a method used by dentists to put patients in a relaxed, easy, and calm state-of-being by the use of sedatives. Dr. Koch is a sedation dentist that uses oral conscious sedation. He recommends oral conscious sedation for patients who have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, severe gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or complex dental problems. With oral conscious sedation, he prescribes a sedative for you to take before your appointment. Because of the calming effects of oral sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to our office. Once in our office, we will take you to our operatory and monitor your vital signs. You will be in a semi-conscious state, but you will have little to no memory of the appointment. Once complete, your companion can escort you home to relax.

After undergoing sedation dentistry, many patients feel more confident about visiting Dr. Koch again.

How do I know if Sedation Dentistry is Right for Me?

If you have experienced one or more of the following situations, then sedation dentistry is right for you.

  • A fear of dental work
  • A past awful dental experience
  • Are difficult to numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Are under time constraints
  • Have complex dental problems
  • Have a fear of needles
  • Are embarrassed by your teeth
  • Have a sensitivity to smells and tastes related to dental work
  • Have a physical condition that does not allow traditional dental work

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Several benefits of sedation dentistry include

  • A lessen fear or anxiety during your dental procedure
  • A more comfortable experience during your dental procedure
  • A more relaxing experience during you dental procedure

Regardless of your level of dental fear, sedation dentistry can alleviate most of your anxieties ranging from a simple dental check up to more invasive dental treatments in as few appointments as possible. Dr. Koch recommends sedation dentistry for patients extremely anxious about visiting the office.

Dr. Koch or one of his qualified staff will be happy to discuss with you your dental concerns, and based on your concerns, they will recommend oral sedation as the method suited for you. Our patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry claim it is a simple, relaxing way to achieve a worry-free dental experience.

Dental patients in Jasper, Texas, and the surrounding area are fortunate to have Dr. Koch, a sedation dentist, in close proximity. Trained in sedation dentistry, many of our patients come from afar to experience the relaxed and comfortable dental experience Dr. Koch provides.

Dental Fear, Anxiety & Phobia

Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

Patients have different levels of dental fear depending upon what caused the fear in the first place. Quite often dental anxiety grows from a previous bad dental experience.

Do I Have Dental Fear?

Is your smile less than perfect? Do you want to achieve your best smile possible, but you refuse to change the appearance of your smile because you are apprehensive or anxious about the long and complicated dental proceduresto achieve that perfect smile? Then, yes, you have dental fear!

Advanced Dental Care can suppress or eliminate your feelings of fear by the use of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry reduces your dental fear or dental phobia and makes you feel comfortable during the recommended treatment process. With your fears lessen, Dr. Koch can help you achieve a confident, winning smile.

Types of Dental Fear

Psychologists, in an effort to help dentists better understand their patients’ levels of dental fear, have broken it down into three classifications: dental anxiety, dental fear, and dental phobia.

Classifications of Dental Fear

Dental Anxiety

  • Response – To a danger you have not experienced yet
  • Dental Situation – A new dental procedure you have to had in the past
  • Solution – Sedation Dentistry

Dental Fear

  • Response – To a danger you have experienced before
  • Dental Situation – A dental procedure you have had in the past and know what to expect and fear experiencing the procedure again
  • Solution – Sedation Dentistry

Dental Phobia

  • Response – To a danger similar to how you feel with dental fear, but more intense and debilitating
  • Dental Situation – A dental procedure that just the remembrance of it creates a dental phobia so strong that you avoid dental check ups, dental cleanings, and all things dental
  • Solution – Sedation Dentistry

How to Overcome Dental Fear

Advanced Dental Care evaluates your level of dental fear and your specific concerns and then recommends the appropriate sedation dentistrySedation dentistry addresses the fears that keep you from regularly visiting the office. When you choose to use sedation dentistry, chances are you are more apt to receive your recommended routine care. By lessening your dental phobia, we help you to seek the appropriate dental care you require, perhaps preventing more invasive dental treatments in the future.

Does My Dental Phobia Affect My Daily Life?

Absolutely! Dental anxiety, fear, or phobia can affect your life. How? You know that dental fear can affect your overall dental health, but consider this. Your dental phobia may also lead to depression. You may become depressed if you avoid meeting people because you are ashamed of the way your teeth look. You may become depressed if you do not apply for job opportunities that require a friendly smile. You may become depressed if you have low self-esteem because you cannot master a task as easy as going to the dentist. Lastly, you may become depressed by having feelings of guilt because you do not maintained proper dental care. You do not need to let dental fears affect your daily life. Dr. Koch can help you to lessen your dental phobia allowing for a normal, active life.

So How Do I Overcome My Dental Fear?

Advanced Dental Care offers sedation dentistry! With sedation dentistry, your dental experience can be anxiety ridden and pain free, with the help of taking a little pill, called oral conscious sedation. Our friendly and compassionate Advanced Dental Care staff’s greatest concern is your comfort and well-being, and our goal is for you to be comfortable from the minute you fearfully walk into our office to the minute you smilingly walk out our door.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Comfortable, Content, and Confident

Besides overcoming dental fears and anxiety, one of the major benefits of sedation dentistry offered by Advanced Dental Care is that you often feel like your dental procedure only lasts a few minutes, when in reality it might have taken hours to perform.

Benefits of Sedation

Only rare individuals experience no fear of some type in their lives. If you experience a fear or phobia towards dentistsor dental treatments, sedation dentistry can easily eliminate or lessen your apprehensions. Advanced Dental Care’s, of Jasper, Texas, first concern is patient comfort. When you visit Dr. Koch, a sedation dentist, or his qualified dental team, they make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your visit.

What are the Benefits of Sedation?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of choosing a sedation dentist and sedation is the state of relaxation you experience during your dental procedure. Dr. Koch may recommend sedation when your dental treatment involves invasive or long dental procedures.
Another benefit of sedation dentistry, offered by Advanced Dental Care, is that when your dental treatment is long and involved, sedation makes the procedure seem as if your dental procedure only required a few minutes to complete. This sense of a seemingly short time for the procedure allows Dr. Koch to perform complex dental procedures, such as a smile makeover, in fewer appointments, thus decreasing the number of times you will feel anxious about coming to the office.

Benefits of sedation dentistry also include

  • A reduction in your anxiety level – Advanced Dental Care wants you to feel comfortable when you visit our office. By selecting sedation dentistry, you stay relaxed during your dental check up or procedure. Dr. Koch determines the amount of sedation you need to create a comfort level during your visit. Once he has found a sedation level appropriate for you and reduces or lessens your anxiety level, you will not be as prone to miss regular checkups or avoid the dental care you need eliminating risks to your overall dental health.
  • A reduction in the amount of pain you experience – Everyone has a different tolerance level for pain. Advanced Dental Care works with you to establish the optimal sedation dentistry treatment for you. Once we have established what is appropriate for you, you benefit from a pain-free dental treatment.
  • A reduction in the amount of movement you have – Your natural reaction to uncomfortable stimuli is to jerk or jump. Sedation allows you to remain at ease and not to respond to an uncomfortable part of your dental procedure.

Do not let your fear or anxiety of long or complicated dental procedures keep you from achieving the perfect smile you want. Sedation dentistry offers benefits that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile that makes you feel self-assured.

Sedation Offered by Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas

Dr. Koch offers oral conscious sedation to reduce your dental fears and anxieties and bases the proper sedation dosage on your specific dental procedure. Advanced Dental Care wants you to be as comfortable and as confident as possible about your dental experience from the minute you leave your home to the minute you leave our office. The benefits of sedation make this possible.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Safe, Easy, and Relaxing

Oral Conscious Sedation uses an oral sedative (pill) to significantly reduce your fears, anxiety and discomfort. Oral conscious sedation does not require needles and is less expensive than IV sedation.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, reduces your dental fear or phobia by offering oral conscious sedation. Even though other methods of sedation are available, Dr. Koch prefers oral sedation because it is easy to administer, it is safe and easily monitored, it works well for most patients, and its low pricing is cost effective. Therefore, if you want to receive your necessary dental work, yet you are still uneasy about coming to our office, Dr. Koch will recommend an option that is as simple as swallowing a pill: oral conscious sedation.

Following laughing gas, oral conscious sedation dentistry is now the second most recommended dental sedation technique used in the United States. Oral sedation is easy and does not require injections. Reports indicate that the most impressive result of oral conscious sedation is the medications create an experience so peaceful that you probably will not even remember the visit. It is as if you slept right through the treatment – not such a bad solution for an anxiety-ridden event, but the reality is you remain in a level of awareness that allows you to respond to Dr. Koch’s directions for your safety and required cooperation.

Oral Conscious Sedation and Its Affects

To begin your oral conscious sedation, Dr. Koch prescribes a small pill for you to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. The pill will put you in a relaxed state; therefore, you must ask someone to drive you to our office. You will start to become drowsy, and upon arrival at our office, our caring staff member will lead a relaxed you to the room for your dental work.

As the effects of the oral sedation increase and you are comfortable, Dr. Koch or one of his hygienists takes care of your dental treatments. After your dental work is completed, your companion can take you home to rest and enjoy the remaining calming affects of oral conscious sedation.

Oral conscious sedation usually only remains in your body for two to three hours and you will be back to your normal self thereafter; however, as in many cases with the use of sedatives, you want to make sure someone is with you and monitor you for 24 hours at home for safety purposes.

Is Oral Conscious Sedation for Me?

If you experience any of the following conditions, then yes, oral conscious sedation is for you.

  • You have stress, fear, and anxiety about visiting the dentist
  • You have a fear of the dentist
  • You have extensive dental work that needs to be completed in one visit
  • You have a resistance to numbing techniques
  • You have a gag reflex
  • You have painful or sensitive teeth
  • You have a fear of needles and drills

Advanced Dental Care wants you to be as comfortable as possible during your office visit. Ask about oral conscious sedation. Dr. Koch and his friendly, caring dental team can help adjust your dental fear level allowing you to visit our office as needed: it is as easy as swallowing a small pill.