Stress-Free Dental Care
If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. Dr. Villalobos has treated many patients who struggle with dental anxiety and provides the solutions to make you feel at ease. Dental sedation can help you feel comfortable at your appointment and make it easier for you to get the treatment you need for a beautiful, healthy smile.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax in the dental chair. It can help ease any discomfort or anxiety, and sedation is very useful for patients who are sensitive to the sights, sounds, or feelings of dental work.
Dr. Villalobos is qualified to administer oral conscious sedation, anxiolysis, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. He’ll make sure you feel comfortable throughout your appointment, so you can sit back with ease while we work on your stunning smile.
Is sedation safe?
Yes! As long as the medication is administered by a licensed dentist such as Dr. Villalobos, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Rest assured, we’ll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure they remain at a normal level. If any problems arise, we can stop your treatment and begin reversing the sedation at once.
If you suffer from certain health conditions, such as obesity or sleep apnea, you may be at risk for complications from sedation. During your initial consultation with Dr. Villalobos, make sure to inform him of any medical conditions that you have so he can help determine a safe treatment plan for you.
Our Dental Sedation Options
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is administered in pill form an hour prior to your treatment. This form of sedation is slightly stronger than nitrous oxide but won’t put you to sleep. While you’ll be awake, you won’t remember much from your procedure due to dulled sensations.
Time will pass by quickly when you’re under oral conscious sedation. The sedation may take a while to wear off, so be sure to have someone with you that can drive you home from your appointment.
Anxiolysis is similar to oral conscious sedation but not quite as strong. You’ll be given a light sedative prior to your procedure to reduce anxiety and help you feel comfortable. However, this type of sedation is mild, the effects should wear off quickly and you’ll be able to drive yourself home.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a low-level sedative that can ease your sensations during your dental appointment. This sedation is administered through a mask that’s worn over your nose. It takes effect immediately, sending you into a deep state of relaxation that will eliminate anxiety while still allowing you to remain conscious.
Even if it’s a regular cleaning, nitrous oxide sedation can make your visit pass by quickly without any unpleasant feelings. Once your treatment is complete, the sedation will wear off quickly and most patients can drive themselves home.
IV sedation is powerful sedation administered into the bloodstream through a vein. The medication will quickly take effect, putting you into a “twilight sleep.” This means that you’re awake and responsive but deeply relaxed. You’ll also have little to no memory of the procedure afterward.
The effects of IV sedation take some time to wear off, so be sure you have a ride home from someone you trust.
Is Sedation Right for You?
If you’ve experienced one or more of the following situations, then sedation dentistry may be a great option for you:
- A fear of dental work
- A past awful dental experience
- Are difficult to numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Have complex dental problems
- Have a fear of needles
- Embarrassed by your teeth
- Have a sensitivity to smells and tastes related to dental work
- Have a physical condition that does not allow for traditional dental work
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
With dental sedation, most patients don’t feel any pain or discomfort during their procedure. We’ll do our very best to mitigate any pain through advanced technologies combined with sedation. You may feel some sensations, but they’ll be greatly reduced and hardly noticeable
Feel Comfortable in the Dental Chair
If you hesitate to visit the dentist due to dental anxiety, we have solutions for you. Dr. Villalobos can provide our nervous patients with sedation to help them feel comfortable during their appointments. Our team has the experience and tools needed to comfortably treat your dental health, including multiple sedation choices for your convenience.
To learn more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Villalobos, contact our Jupiter office by calling (561) 744-0677 or get in touch using our online contact form.