Dental anxiety is a very real condition that can make it difficult for many people to even think about visiting a periodontist. Some people get up the courage to make the appointment but then cancel at the last minute. Whether your anxiety comes from some unknown place you have had a previous bad experience in the dental chair, Dr. Curry Leavitt and the team at Red Rock Periodontics & Implantology are here to help make your visit a relaxing one through sedation dentistry.
Common Sedation Options
Dr. Leavitt offers a variety of sedation options to meet the needs of different patients. Perhaps you only have mild anxiety when seeing a periodontist, or maybe it is a paralyzing fear. Maybe you do not have anxiety but suffer from a sensitive gag reflex. We can help find the right sedation option so you can get the dental treatment you need to stay healthy and smiling confidently:
- Oral: Take this pill an hour before treatment, and you should feel relaxed the whole way through. You might not even remember the appointment afterward!
- IV: Usually used for more complex procedures, IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream and can put you slightly under or all the way under.
- Local: A local anesthetic numbs the area Dr. Leavitt will be working on. This involves the use of a syringe.
- Nitrous oxide: This relaxing gas is often used in combination with another form of sedation. It does not numb the body but can help you feel calmer during treatment.
Schedule a Visit Today
We know that what works for one patient may not work for another. That is why Dr. Leavitt and our staff will consult with you to find out what your personal needs are for treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about our services for sedation dentistry and to schedule your next dental checkup.