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Dental anxiety is common. Each year, an estimated 40 million Americans avoid dental appointments due to fear. At the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, we welcome anxious patients because patient comfort is our top priority. Ifcomforts and amenities aren’t enough to relax you, we offer a full range of sedation dentistry services to put you at ease.
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax so they can have productive dental visits. Depending on your level of anxiety and the dental treatment you receive, you’ll be offered one of three sedation options: laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and I.V. administered sedation. Dr. Schof has completed sedation dentistry training, has an oral conscious sedation permit from the State of Louisiana, and offers all three services.
Sedation with laughing gas involves breathing in the sedative through a small, comfortable nose mask. Laughing gas will relax you, but you’ll still be awake and able to respond to questions or directions during treatment.
This level of sedation is administered in pill form. Dr. Schof will give you a small amount of commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication to take an hour or so before your appointment.
The highest level of sedation is given intravenously, or through the vein. This sedative is administered by a nurse anesthetist. During treatment, you will be conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions.
Dr. Schof invites and welcomes anxious and fearful patients to his office because he knows that our team will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and like part of our dental family. We don’t begin, or proceed with, dental treatment unless you are comfortable, and you will never be left alone while sedated. Your vital signs will be monitored the entire time, and we’ll be attentive to your needs throughout your entire visit.
Before we recommend a sedation option, Dr. Schof will review and discuss your medical history, dental history, and the history of your anxiety. For many patients, dental anxiety can be traced back to past negative dental experiences, even as far back as childhood. We encourage open communication to help determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, and to assess the level of sedation appropriate for you.
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