Your Relatives Can Be Scary, We’re Not

At this time of year, we all get together with relatives we’ve not seen over the rest of the year or longer. Sedation DentistryOften there’s a reason for that lack of contact. But we’re all good sports and we put up with the scary political conversations and the judgmental comments. Those can be scary interactions, for sure.

But a visit to see the happy, caring souls at Kalil & Kress shouldn’t be scary. All we want to do is give you the best looking smile and teeth you can have! Still, some patients can become quite anxious when it comes to visiting the dentist. For some, it’s the sound of a drill. For others, it’s the dental pick and cleanings. Some people have such a degree of fear that they avoid coming to see us on time. And that’s scary because most serious dental problems start out as easy-to-fix small issues. For instance, a small bit of decay in a tooth is easy to remove and handle. But if that decay is left to grow, it can invade the interior of the tooth. Now a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth!

To help patients overcome their anxiety, we offer dental sedation at Kalil & Kress.

How does sedation help?

Sedation allows our patients to feel comfortable when in our Nashua offices, whether it’s for a routine cleaning or a more involved procedure. When under sedation, patients have little sense of time, so a procedure that may have required an hour seems like just a few minutes. Plus, sedation usually makes the patient forget the entire appointment.

This isn’t anesthesia. Anesthesia is necessary to eliminate pain. Sedation instead produces a relaxed state in patients, enabling them to come in for their appointment and remain calm and serene. We still use local anesthesia so our procedures are painless, but we deliver sedation first.

Types of sedation

We generally use two types of sedation at Kalil & Kress: nitrous oxide and oral sedatives.

  • Nitrous oxide— Colloquially known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide offers light sedation. It creates a feeling of relaxation, making it easier for a patient to sit still during a long procedure. Patients are awake and can respond to instructions. Nitrous oxide also wears off very quickly, enabling patients to drive themselves home after their treatment.
  • Oral sedatives— We have a variety of options for oral sedation, but the two most-used drugs are Valium and Xanax. These are taken orally and allowed to take effect prior to starting any treatment. They sedatives make the patient drowsy and free from anxiety. Someone needs to drive you home after treatment if you receive an oral sedative.

If you have serious anxiety about coming to see us at Kalil & Kress, please tell us and we’ll plan for sedation to take the edge off. Call us at (603) 880-7004 to schedule your appointment.

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