Dental anxiety is a common fear in the U.S., often preventing patients from seeking the care they need. Dr. Zhitnitsky specializes in sedation dentistry, using techniques designed to help even the most anxious patients relax so they don't delay getting the care they need.
Sedation dentistry uses sedative medicines to help patients relax when they see the dentist, so they can receive the treatments they need to maintain great oral health but without the anxiety many patients feel when seeing the dentist. Sedation dentistry alleviates those fears and anxieties so patients don't have to delay necessary treatment. It's also ideal for patients who haven't seen the dentist for years as a result of that fear and anxiety.
Prior to your procedure, sedatives will be administered either orally or into your veins through an IV to help you relax. The type of sedation you receive will depend on your health, your procedure, your level of anxiety and your preferences. During the procedure, you'll be calm and relaxed, but still able to respond to commands like “open wider.” Most patients doze during their treatment. Once the procedure is over, most patients have no memory of their procedure or of any pain or discomfort and report feeling completely calm and relaxed.
Yes, sedation has been used safely in dentistry for decades. Prior to treatment, your medical history will be reviewed to look for drug allergies or other issues that could pose a concern. Plus, you'll be monitored throughout the entire procedure.
Most patients feel sleepy and relaxed following their procedure. Because sedation can interfere with driving ability, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. You should also plan to take the day off from work so you can rest and relax while the effects of the sedation wear off over the next few hours. Many patients spend the remainder of the day napping and resting.
We accept all major PPO insurance plans. For more information, please give the office a call.
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