Are you so afraid of going to the dentist that you have put off even getting a cleaning for years? Perhaps you are willing to suffer through the pain of a toothache rather than have a dentist handle it. Actually, many people experience this level of fear and anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, so don't feel alone if this is you. The good news is, with today's technology and the skills of Dr. Chow, you can experience relaxed, pain-free dental care that will leave you with a healthy mouth and radiant smile.
Whether your level of fear is anxiety or complete terror, realize that Dr. Chow is very experienced in helping patients with any level of dread. Once you see how easy it is to go through a dental procedure in a relaxed state of mind, you will gladly visit Model Smile Dentistry to get and keep excellent oral health for a lifetime.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, a specialty of Dr. Chow, is the administering of medications or nitrous oxide to help a person relax and feel no pain during a dental procedure. You can be awake and relaxed, or you can sleep through a procedure, waking up when it's over. It is safe and can be used on almost any patient.
Levels of Sedation
Dr. Chow provides oral sedation to his patients who need it or request it. Using either medication in the form of a pill, or nitrous oxide delivered as a gas through a facemask, he can provide the level of relaxation that is best for you.
- Minimal Sedation—In this state, the patient is awake but calm and relaxed.
- Moderate Sedation—The patient is conscious, but the level of sedation may cause him or her to slur their words and have little or no memory of the procedure.
Types of Oral Sedation
Dr. Chow will prescribe the best type of sedation for you based on your needs and physical tolerance.
This consists of nitrous oxide. Many people refer to it as laughing gas. A mask is placed over your nose and mouth, and Dr. Chow regulates the amount of gas you receive. This is considered minimal sedation and wears off quickly. It is also generally safe for children as well. With this type of sedation, you will most likely be able to drive yourself home.
Given in pill form, this type of sedation is given about one hour prior to the procedure. You may feel drowsy, but will usually be awake. This type can be minimal or moderate sedation depending on the amount of the dose. Some patients even fall asleep with oral sedation, but they can be easily awakened. You should not drive with this type of sedation.
Reasons for Sedation
Sedation dentistry is quite often used to help fearful patients relax enough so that they can benefit from the dental procedures they need. There are, however, other reasons for this specialty:
- Young patients who can't sit still
- Elderly patients who are unable to cooperate
- Patients with developmental or physical disabilities
- Patients with Alzheimer's disease
- Patients with a low threshold for pain
- Patients who experience too much tooth sensitivity
Can Anyone Have Sedation Dentistry?
Nearly anyone can have sedation dentistry administered under the trained, experienced and skilled hands of Dr. Chow. There are, however, some patients who may not be able to tolerate sedation. If a patient is too obese, there may be complications with air blockages. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may also not be candidates. Dr. Chow would consult with the treating doctor of any patient whose medical conditions may possibly trigger complications before giving approval to proceed.
Consultation Prior to Dental Procedure
As part of Dr. Chow's expertise with sedation dentistry, he will consult with you prior to your procedure. His discussion will include going over your medical history to determine that any sedation administered will be safe. His thorough research includes knowing what medications you may be currently taking. Rest assured sedation dentistry is safe, especially when performed by someone trained as highly as Dr. Chow.
Relaxed and Pain-Free Dentistry
Don't put off your dental care due to fear or other reasons. At Model Smile Dentistry, Dr. Chow and his professional team will take great care to make it a very comfortable experience. For the best sedation dentistry Thousand Oaks has to offer, Dr. Albert Chow is the clear choice.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.