Did you know that nearly half of the population is reported to suffer from dental-related fear or anxiety? Here in Sacramento, we understand this issue very well, and we want to help patients however we can. After all, nobody wants to spend their hard-earned money on a frightening and uncomfortable experience. Instead of neglecting your oral health so you don’t have to deal with these very real fears, turn to Dr. Scott Grivas. We’re proud to offer sedation dentistry as an effective method for helping patients feel anxiety-free and at ease during procedures.
Do I Need Sedation Dentistry?
You might be a candidate for our sedation services if any of these characteristics are familiar to you:
- A severe gag reflex
- Resistant to local anesthetic
- A very busy schedule with strict constraints on time
- Strong feelings of anxiety or fear when faced with dental care
- Several complex procedures required
- You are sensitive to post-operative pain
Sedation dentistry offers patients several valuable benefits. First, the cost to our patients is less than that of IV sedation or general anesthesia. Next, you’re able to turn several lengthy procedures into a single visit. Finally, sedation tends to lessen the body’s natural tendency to tighten muscles when stressed, thereby allowing for much more effective dental visits.
Oral Conscious Sedation
The process is simple – first, we’ll provide you with a prescription for an oral sedative that you’ll take at a predetermined time before your appointment. Then, you’ll have a trusted family member or friend bring you to our Sacramento practice, where Dr. Grivas, and the rest of our team will ensure that you’re completely comfortable before beginning your treatment. While you’ll still be conscious enough to respond to any requests, most patients enter such a deep state of relaxation while under sedation that they don’t even remember anything about their treatment once it’s finished. You’ll also need your escort to take you home following your appointment and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day. By the following morning, you should be back to normal.
With the help of sedation dentistry, patients can achieve the beautiful, healthy smile of their dreams in a truly comfortable and relaxing environment. Contact the office of Dr. Scott Grivas today if you’re interested in using sedation dentistry during your next appointment, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment in our Sacramento, CA, dental office. We also welcome new patients from the areas of Florin, West Sacramento, La Riviera, Rosemont, and beyond.