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By Two Rivers Family Dental, LLC
September 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health

How sedation dentistry from Two Rivers Family Dental can help you

Are you afraid of visiting your dentist? If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a very common problem that sedation dentistryneeds to be addressed. When you suffer from dental anxiety, it’s not all in your head. Dental anxiety can cause systemic physical problems like increased heart rate and breathing difficulties. The good news is, thanks to dental sedation from Dr. Chris Hansen, your family dentist at Two Rivers Family Dental in Two Rivers, WI, you can enjoy your dental visit once again.

Many people have a fear of needles; others dislike the feeling of vulnerability by lying back in the dental chair. Whatever the reason for your dental anxiety, you can be assured of a calm, relaxed, gentle appointment, thanks to sedation dentistry and the skills of your family dentist.

There are many levels of sedation available from your dentist in Two Rivers, depending on your desired state of relaxation. Your dentist will discuss the various options available and help you determine what level is best for your needs. Consider:

Oral sedation--taken in the form of a pill; oral sedation allows you to be relaxed but still conscious and able to answer questions. Common oral sedation medications include Valium, Halcion and a variety of other medications.

Inhaled conscious sedation--typically consisting of an oxygen and nitrous oxide mixture which you will inhale through a nosepiece; inhaled conscious sedation also allows you to be conscious enough to answer questions, but still feel very relaxed.

Combination oral and inhaled sedation--the two types of sedation can be combined to provide a deeper level of sedation than oral sedation alone.

Intravenous conscious sedation--IV sedation consists of liquid medication injected directly into a vein. The sedative effects are immediate as the medication goes directly into your bloodstream. You may be very deeply relaxed or completely asleep if you wish.

Sedation dentistry can help your dental visit by giving you a feeling of relaxation and comfort. You may even have more treatment completed because you will be calm throughout your appointment. To find out more about sedation dentistry and what it can do for you, it’s time to call Dr. Hansen, your family dentist at Two Rivers Family Dental in Two Rivers, WI. Call today and feel better about your dental visit!

By Two Rivers Family Dental, LLC
November 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Professional basketball player Lamar Odom is sometimes known as “the candyman” because of his notorious fondness for sweets. But when his sweet tooth finally caught up with him — in the form of a mouthful of decayed teeth — the six-foot-ten-inch, 230-pound hoops star admitted that he had been avoiding treatment… because he was afraid of going to the dentist!

It took two Kardashians (Khloe and Kim) and a painful toothache to finally persuade Odom to sit in the chair. Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings. Yet the fretful forward sailed through the whole set of procedures in a single visit, and walked out with a big smile afterward. How did his dentists make that happen?

Put it down to the “magic” of sedation dentistry. With anxiety-relieving medications that can be delivered orally (in pill form or by gas) or intravenously (into the bloodstream), the techniques of sedation dentistry can help even the most fearful patients get the dental care they need. That’s good news for about 50 percent of the population, who admit they’re at least somewhat afraid of the dentist — and even better for the 15 percent who avoid dental care completely due to their fear.

Dentists have a number of ways to ease apprehensive patients through a dental visit. An oral anti-anxiety drug can be given in pill form about an hour beforehand. Nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”), which is administered by a mask placed over the mouth or nose, may also be used to relieve anxiety. The calming effects of these medications help make any nervousness melt away — and in many circumstances, mild sedation is all that’s needed to ease the fear.

For lengthier or more complex procedures, intravenous (IV) sedation may be recommended. Unlike deeper (unconscious) sedation, IV sedation doesn’t cause “sleep.” Instead, it puts you in a comfortable semi-awake state, where you can still breathe on your own and respond to stimuli… but without feeling any anxiety. And when the procedure is over, you probably won’t have any memory of it at all.

IV sedation can be administered by dentists who are specially trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment. While sedation is being provided, you will be monitored at all times by a dedicated staff member; when it’s over, you will rest for a while as the medication quickly wears off. Then (as is the case with oral sedation), you’ll need another person to give you a ride home.

Does sedation dentistry really work? Lamar Odom thinks so. “I feel so much better,” he said when his 7-hour procedure was over. “I feel like I accomplished something.”

If you would like more information about sedation dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”

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Two Rivers Family Dental

Dentists serving Two Rivers, Manitowoc County and the Greater Green Bay Area

Chris Hansen, DDS, FAGD
Jamie Meunier, DMD


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1705 23rd Street
Two Rivers
, WI 54241
(920) 794-7100
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