Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
Do you feel nervous when a dental appointment approaches on the calendar? You aren’t alone. Some level of apprehension about going to the dentist in Erie is common but, for many people, this nervousness reaches extreme levels, manifesting as anxiety or even outright fear. This condition is known as dental anxiety, and it affects an estimated nine to 15 percent of the American population. People who suffer from dental anxiety often avoid going to the dentist—which only makes matters worse, because of the decline in oral health that usually occurs after years of neglecting professional oral health care.
Luckily, this condition no longer has to stand in the way of receiving dental care. Your local Pennsylvania dentist at Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, is proud to announce that we offer sedation dentistry, which makes it possible for individuals to receive care regardless of dental anxiety or some other pre-existing condition that may hinder the process of seeing the dentist.
We offer oral sedation and nitrous oxide in Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek
- Oral sedation can be administered to patients in the form of a pill, tablet, or liquid. You will not fall asleep. Instead, the sedation helps you enter a state of extreme relaxation. You are less concerned with your surroundings but retain the ability to breathe on your own and control your body.
- Nitrous oxide, which also is referred to frequently as laughing gas, is administered by being inhaled through a mask that is worn over the nose. When under the effects of nitrous oxide, a person becomes extremely relaxed but retains the ability to communicate. Sedation wears off quickly, as the flow of nitrous oxide is cut off and replaced with pure oxygen.
Under the effects of either type of sedation, several intensive procedures can be performed during a single dental appointment.
Find out if sedation dentistry is right for you
The first step before undergoing any procedure that involves sedation is to have your Erie family dentist evaluate your health history for any pre-existing conditions that may impede sedation or make it dangerous. Pregnancy, glaucoma or any form of central nervous system depression all can disqualify you from being a viable candidate for sedation dentistry. However, we are equipped with techniques that may provide a more natural means of relaxing you for your appointment.
Sedation can help more than just patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It can benefit patients with certain pre-existing conditions, such as problems holding open the jaws or controlling their muscles for an extended period of time; a high tolerance of or difficulty reacting to local anesthesia; or a heightened gag reflex.
Sedation dentistry can be used on patients of any age—even children. However, it is important to speak with Dr. Starr if you would like to receive more information regarding sedation dentistry for your child.
Sedation Dentistry in Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek
If you have been living with dental anxiety or another condition that makes it difficult to receive professional oral care, sedation dentistry can help you get the dental treatment you need. Contact our office at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation.
Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, is proud to offer the highest level of professional oral care to our patients in the areas of Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek in Pennsylvania.