Professional Teeth Cleanings - What We Offer
Although you may have a great oral routine, it is always suggested that you have professional cleanings performed by our dentist at Southern Indiana Smiles in Bloomington, Indiana, during the year. These cleanings maintain your oral health and prevent cavities and other dental issues from developing. Our dentist has the necessary tools to keep your smile looking and feeling great!Read more about Professional Teeth Cleanings - What We Offer
Relacs IV Sedation
Many put off visiting the dentist due to apprehension and fear, neglecting important dental work in the process. With intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry, you can remain comfortable and relaxed during your dental procedure.Read more about Relacs IV Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Indications for Nitrous Oxide
- Mildly apprehensive patient
- A frightened child
- To reduce awareness of time and fatigue
- To reduce dental stress
- To control gagging
- When requested by the patient
Talk to your dentist at Southern Indiana Smiles about whether nitrous oxide might be a good option for you. Call us at 812-336-2459.
Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients' fear and anxiety.
Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill, typically Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium. It's usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can be awakened with a gentle shake.
Conscious sedation can help ease your mind and get rid of anxiety so you can focus on your dental health, not the discomfort associated with it. If you're afraid, anxious, or apprehensive, let your dentist at Southern Indiana Smiles know; he or she will choose the right form of dental sedation for you. Call us at 812-336-2459 for an appointment.
Are you apprehensive about going to the dentist? Have you put off dental care for years because of dental anxieties?
You're not alone. In fact, approximately 40 million Americans avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Our team at Southern Indiana Smiles is here to help you overcome your dental anxiety and regain your confidence about visiting the dentist. In our personalized approach, we offer several ways to assist you in receiving treatment while remaining relaxed.Read more about Sedation Dentistry