Sedation Dentist in Lititz and Lancaster County
As people, we all tend to avoid what we don’t like or what makes us feel uncomfortable. For many that may be public speaking. Others turn away when they see a spider or a mouse. And some have a fear of heights. These are all relatively harmless aversions. However, some people are afraid of something that is truly helpful—like dentistry. For some, the mere thought of seeing the dentist can lead to anxiety that stands in the way of their having long overdue or much needed dental care. If this is you, then talk to Dr. Moriarty about sedation dentistry. He recommends a sedation option that best fits each individual according to his or her level of anxiety or fear as well as the type and length of treatment required.
If you are fearful of the dentist, then you’re in good company. Research shows that some 30 percent of American adults avoid coming to the dentist’s office. This fear stems from a number of different reasons. For example, some people have troublesome memories of a visit to the dentist when they were children. Others are bothered by the sharp instruments in a dentist’s office or the sounds and scents. Still others experience claustrophobia when the dentist and assistant stand so close. No matter what the cause of your fear, Dr. Moriarty will be able to settle your nerves with either IV sedation or oral conscious sedation.
Commonly referred to as laughing gas because of the euphoric feeling it creates, nitrous oxide is a gas inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment. This mild sedative can be administered at the start of any appointment, and the effects are virtually instantaneous putting patients at ease right away. The doctor can quickly adjust dosage for optimal comfort throughout treatment, and best of all, the effects wear off as quickly as they set in. That means patients are able to return to their daily routine immediately following treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If your dental anxiety is less severe, then Dr. Moriarty may recommend oral conscious sedation. You’ll be given a sedative pill to take at a designated time before your appointment. Once again, this method of sedation necessitates your having a driver. The medicine will begin to relax you on your way to our Lititz dental office, and you’ll arrive calm and ready for your procedure. Some of our patients report being unable to remember anything about their treatment once completed, although they are awake the entire time.
IV sedation involves the delivery of a sedative medication through an intravenous line. The IV is typically inserted in the back of the hand or in the crook of your arm. The relaxing effect begins almost immediately once the IV begins to run. Although patients often feel as if they are unconscious, they are actually in a state of twilight sleep. In this condition, Dr. Moriarty and his team can speak to you, ask you questions and give instructions during the procedure, such as “open wider.”
IV sedation gives us the opportunity to complete several procedures—from routine cleanings and exams to more involved procedures such as a root canal—during the course of one or two appointments. A word of caution: with IV sedation, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment, as well as keep an eye on you for the remainder of the day. We find that most patients are able to resume their normal activities by the next day.
Call our office in Lititz, PA, to learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment for the dental care that you’ve been meaning to have for too long.