Many people in the Austin area have severe anxiety about going to the dentist, and may avoid their dental checkups. However, oral health is linked closely with overall health, and avoiding the dentist does you no favors. In addition to checking for oral cancer, cavities, and gum disease, a dentist can also help you with cosmetic teeth problems so that you can obtain a beautiful smile.
Dr. John Schmid recognizes that dental visits can be anxiety-inducing, and this is why he offers sedation dentistry to help you relax during your visit. Call Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry today at 512-329-5967 to learn more about oral sedation and to schedule your appointment.
Benefits of Conscious Oral Sedation
Dr. Schmid offers conscious oral sedation in the form of a pill taken approximately an hour before your appointment. This pill helps you to relax and feel comfortable while your teeth are being examined and worked on. You will still be conscious, but your anxiety and fear should be alleviated.
Some of the benefits of conscious oral sedation as opposed to IV sedation include:
- It is safe, gentle, and effective
- You will be able to respond to any directions Dr. Schmid gives you
- You will not require an anesthesiologist to monitor your vitals
- You will not face the same risks and complications that can go along with IV sedation
Oral sedation is a great way to ensure that you get all of your necessary dental work done without undue anxiety or unnecessary risk. Whether you are in for your regular dental hygiene appointment or for a cosmetic procedure such as porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry can help you to relax and get through your appointment stress-free.
Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Most people think of dental sedation as being only for those who have extreme fear or anxiety at the dentist. However, there are a number of reasons why a person may be a good candidate to undergo conscious oral sedation. These can include:
- An overactive gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- TMJ or jaw discomfort
- Trouble sitting for an extended amount of time
These are in addition to the typical reasons people normally think of for sedation dentistry, which include:
- Dental phobia
- Aversion to the sights, sounds, or smells of a dental office
Sedation can be used for both short and long procedures, and can be used for anyone who thinks that they might benefit from it.
If you opt for oral sedation during your visit, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office. The effects of the sedative used can last for several hours, and you should not operate a vehicle during this time.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you think you may benefit from conscious oral sedation during your dental visit, call Dr. Schmid at 512-329-5967 today to schedule your consultation. Oral sedation is not for everyone, although it does benefit a large percentage of men and women in Austin who would otherwise be unwilling to visit the dentist.
We serve patients in Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding areas of Texas.