If you have anxiety or fear of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of people feel the exact same way. Fortunately, there are simple treatments available to help reduce your fears and anxiety of going to the dentist.
Sedation is a treatment that can make you much more comfortable during your dental procedure. With sedation, you enter a light “sleep” during your treatment and typically forget the procedure entirely. During his US Navy career, Dr. Holtzclaw completed a 3 month anesthesia mini-residency where he provided both conscious sedation and general anesthesia to wounded combat veterans of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This training regimen was up to six times longer than the anesthesia training offered in most civilian periodontal training programs.
Dr. Holtzclaw has successfully performed over 1,000 conscious sedation procedures. In fact, he authored one of the largest articles ever written on intravenous conscious sedation for periodontal surgeries. This article is highly referenced and utilized by most periodontal specialty training programs.
There are many ways to have sedation during your procedure. The simplest and most cost effective sedation is Oral Sedation. With oral sedation, you simply take a few pills similar to a Valium prior to your appointment. These pills make you sleepy, put you in a very relaxed state, and often make you forget most of the procedure entirely. The cost for oral sedation is minimal and the procedure is very safe. The downside to oral sedation is that the effects typically linger for a good portion of the day.
Another type of sedation is intravenous (IV). With intravenous sedation, drugs are delivered to you by an IV which is placed in your arm. This type of sedation typically produces a much deeper type of sleep with a faster onset and less residual side effects compared to oral sedation.
With oral and intravenous sedation, you will need an escort to take you to and from your appointment as you will be unable to drive a vehicle.
If you have any questions regarding sedation procedures for dental treatment, please call Dr. Holtzclaw and his expert team at Austin Dental Implant Center for a consultation!