Sedation Dentistry in Norman
Treating Dental Phobias
Despite advances in tools and anesthesia, dental fear remains one of the most common phobias. If you're anxious about dental visits, you need a gentle dentist who shares your concerns. At our dental office, we take extra measures to ensure our patients are comfortable throughout their visit, and we offer sedation dentistry to encourage deep relaxation.
Sedation dentistry has been dubbed sleep dentistry by many, because patients often drift in and out of sleep while under sedation. However, it's important to know that you won't be completely "knocked out." With sedation dentistry, you'll enter a "twilight state," meaning that you'll be between wakefulness and slumber. Dr. Carmen can easily arouse you at any time, and you'll be able to respond to the doctor's questions, though you'll remember little from the actual procedure.
Sedation dentistry is great for patients who have:
- Anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist
- Time constraints
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty numbing with local anesthetic
- Neck or back pain that prevents them from resting comfortably
Sedation Dentist, Dr. Carmen
Dr. Carmen received his sedation dentistry certification with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, the nation's leading association dedicated to helping people overcome dental fear. He provides nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, and he works with an anesthesiologist who administers IV sedation at our Norman, Oklahoma dental office. Dr. Carmen will consult with you regarding the right method of sedation for you, and he will thoroughly explain what to expect on the day of treatment.
You can trust us with your smile. Call today to reserve your sedation dentistry consultation with Norman dentist Dr. Bobby Carmen. Patients from Norman, Moore, the University of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma, and beyond visit us for quality dental care.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Whether your palms sweat when it’s time to visit the dentist or you need an invasive procedure, sedation dentistry can help you sit back and relax. Although you know your sedation dentist in Norman can ensure a comfortable and pain-free appointment, it’s normal to have several questions about sleep dentistry. There’s no reason to worry. Dr. Carmen will address any concerns during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear about sedation dentistry.
Are there different types of sedation?
Yes, there are different types of sedation used based on your specific needs. Our office offers three options:
- Nitrous Oxide: Better known as “laughing gas,” the inhaled sedative is recommended for patients who have mild-to-moderate dental phobias. The sedative dissipates quickly without any lingering side effects.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: The prescribed medication is best for people who need more invasive treatments. You’ll reach a deep level of relaxation to the point you might even fall asleep. It can take several hours for the sedative to wear off, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home.
- IV Sedation: Carmen works with an anesthesiologist to offer IV sedation. This is often best for patients who need an invasive treatment, like a surgical extraction or dental implants. You won’t remember your appointment or any discomfort. Although you’ll awaken easily, it will take several hours for the effects to fully subside, so you’ll need to rest for the remainder of the day.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Sedation dentistry is safe when used on the ideal candidate and administered by a trained professional, like Dr. Carmen. Sedation may be an option for you if:
- You have dental-related fears and phobias.
- You have sensitive teeth or gums.
- You have a strong gag reflex.
- You need multiple or invasive treatments.
- You have difficulty keeping your mouth open.
- You suffer from jaw pain.
- You have a physical or cognitive impairment that affects your dental care.
- You don’t numb easily using a local anesthetic.
Will I feel any pain?
The sedative will lower your awareness level, so you aren’t as alert to pain. Besides a sedative, a local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment site. Together, they eliminate any pain or discomfort, so you can enjoy your time in the dental chair.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry has few risks when performed by a trained professional, like Dr. Carmen. To ensure you have minimal risks of complications, we’ll review your medical history to look for any potential issues. You’ll also be closely monitored while you’re sedated to ensure your safety.
How much does sedation dentistry cost?
There isn’t a set fee for sedation dentistry because there are several factors that influence the cost, like the type of sedation needed. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to conquer your dental fears without breaking the bank.