Halloween is Scary. We Aren’t!
Late October is a scary time of the year. You have haunted houses here, there, and everywhere. You have endless horror movies playing on TV. And endless little goblins are getting ready to go trick or treating on a blustery, cold Halloween night.
One thing you shouldn’t be scared of this time of year is coming to see us at Kalil & Kress. It is hard to figure how anyone could be scared of our friendly crew, but some people just have a thing about the dentist. To assuage those concerns, we offer sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
Some people have an actual reaction to the sound of a dental drill. Some people are very uncomfortable with the thought of a needle for anesthetic. Some people have a strong gag reflex, so the thought of someone working in the recesses of their mouth makes them nervous.
For these people, and many others, sedation dentistry changes the whole experience.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry with Dr. Kalil and Dr. Kress takes the edge off for most patients. It allows them to feel comfortable, rather than tense, as we take care of their mouths. It also allows patients to tolerate lengthy procedures if necessary. With sedation dentistry, we may be able to combine a couple of necessary treatments into one appointment, rather than two. Plus, with sedation, most patients have little or no memory of their entire visit afterwards.
The kinds of sedation we offer
We generally offer two types of sedation for our patients:
- Nitrous oxide
This is the most common form of light sedation. Colloquially known as laughing gas, we can administer a little nitrous oxide prior to the local injection of anesthetic. Nitrous oxide allows patients to sit still during a long procedure. Patients remain awake and aware, and can respond to instructions. Plus, it wears off in just a few minutes, so the patient can drive home.
- Oral sedatives
There are a variety of oral sedatives that ease anxiety and pain. These include benzodiazepine drugs such as Valium and Xanax. These pills make the patient drowsy, yet they are still awake. They remove most of the anxiety a patient feels, and lessen any pain.
Don’t be scared of us at Halloween! Thanks to sedation dentistry, you’ll have no problems with your appointment at Kalil & Kress, giving you more time to go out and wait for the Great Pumpkin to appear in a nearby Nashua field. Call us for your next appointment, (603) 880-7004.