If you avoid dental cleanings and routine check-ups or you would rather tolerate the pain caused by an infected tooth instead of visiting the dentist’s office, you’re not alone. Many individuals today are afraid of seeing a dentist or have phobias about doing so. If this sounds like you, Shine Dental Group of Long Island wants to talk with you about sedation dentistry and how this may be the solution to your fears and phobias about visiting the dentist. Plus, this particular branch of dentistry can be used for something as basic as tooth cleaning to a much more invasive procedure.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of pharmacological agents (medications) so that you can be more calm and relax while in the dentist’s chair. The term “sleep dentistry” is oftentimes used interchangeably with sedation dentistry. However, that is not always accurate. With the exception those patients requiring general anesthesia, our patients are normally awake during the dental procedure they are undergoing. Furthermore, there is a wide range of patients who can benefit from sedation dentistry, including the following individuals.
For instance, sedation dentistry has oftentimes proved to be beneficial for patients who are suffering with:
- Alzheimer’s, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, Down syndrome, and wheelchair confinement – our sedation dentistry is a common solution for those individuals with certain mental and physical challenges and difficulties. We can provide dental care solutions for those patients who are emotionally uncomfortable in a dental office setting.
- Anxieties, fears, and phobias – this is the most common application of sedation dentistry and is the ideal alternative for those individuals who suffer with these issues. Surveys conducted by the ADA (American Dental Association) have revealed that 10% or more of the Americans walking around out there currently suffer with anxieties, fears, and phobias. So you are not alone.
- Cancer patients – we respect the fact that individuals who are dealing with cancer have enough to be concerned with. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments oftentimes require specific types of dental care and procedures that some dentists may not be qualified to perform. If you need a dentist who understands these complex issues, Shine Dental Group is here to help you.
- Cardiac and diabetic patients – we can easily monitor your blood pressure and heart rate during a procedure via an EKG here at our state-of-the-art Long Island facility. Intravenous antibiotics can be administered for those patients who have undergone different heart surgeries (e.g. valve replacement).
Shine Dental Group of Long Island wants you to have the most pleasant experience possible when visiting us for anything from routine check-ups and cleanings to a more complex dental procedure. Please contact us today so that we can show you how sedation dentistry may be the solution you’ve been searching for.