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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Dental anxiety doesn't need to prevent you from receiving the oral health care you need. Intravenous (IV) sedation offered by your Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, will help you feel relaxed while you receive treatment.

Do you suffer from dental fears?

You're not alone if visiting the dentist makes you feel anxious. More than 60% of people surveyed by Dental Vox reported suffering from dental fear. Some people said that they were concerned about pain, while others were bothered by the sights and sounds at the dental office.

A negative experience as a child might be the source of your fears, or you may find dental visits stressful if anxiety is part of your life. No matter the reason for your phobia, dental visits can become much more pleasant with IV sedation.

How IV sedation can help you?

It's tempting to put off dental work if visits trigger your dental anxiety. Unfortunately, delaying treatment may mean that your condition will worsen and you'll need a more extensive, lengthy dental treatment. If you previously had to break up dental treatments into several visits, IV sedation may allow you to tolerate longer dental appointments.

IV sedation can take the anxiety out of visiting the dentist for crowns, fillings, veneers, bridges, dental implants, and other restorations. Before your treatment begins, an IV line will be placed in your arm or hand. Once the sedative begins to flow through the line, you'll feel calm and a little drowsy. Although you'll be awake during your treatment, you probably won't remember any details about your visit.

While your dentist works, you won't feel a thing or be bothered by the sound of the dental equipment. As soon as the treatment is over in the Fresno dental office, your sedation dentist will remove the IV. Although you'll feel perfectly fine once you're no longer receiving the sedative, your reflexes may be a little slower than normal for a few hours. For that reason, you'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

Could lV sedation help you manage your dental fears? Call your sedation dentist in Fresno, CA, Dr. Posey, at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from seeing your dentist regularly.sedation dentistry

We know that most people don’t exactly feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the prospect of visiting their dentist. However, if you find yourself breaking out into a cold sweat because of fear, it might be time you talked to our Fresno, CA, sedation dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, about sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry?

The purpose of sedation is to help keep you feeling calm and collected during your next dental visit. Whether you have a serious dental procedure coming up or you just have an immense fear of getting a dental cleaning, our Fresno dentist can help you determine whether sedation is the best way to alleviate your dental worries and to make your next trip a breeze.

What types of sedation are out there?

While many people think of sedation dentistry as and often call it sleep dentistry, these are very different. Sedation has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety during your dental procedure. It may make you feel tired. Some patients may actually fall asleep, but the difference between sedation dentistry and general anesthesia is that the patient won’t be completely knocked out. A simple nudge will awaken someone under sedation.

The are three types of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”)
  • Oral sedation
  • IV sedation

The type of sedation you receive will depend on a variety of factors such as your level of anxiety and how in-depth your dental procedure will be. Oral sedation tends to be the most common option because it’s easy to increase the dose to provide you with the anxiety relief you need. Nitrous oxide may also be a great option for those who want to experience a stress-free visit without the groggy after effects that can sometimes come with oral sedation. Chat with our dentist about your options.

Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry during your next dental procedure? If so, then it’s time you called our Fresno, CA, dental office and find out if you could be a good candidate for sedation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
February 04, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation dentistry  

If you're like most people, taking a trip to the dentist isn't exactly your idea of "fun." With reminders of an upcoming dentist appointment giving way to defeated sighs, somber shakes of the head, or dreamy thoughts of rescheduling-- tonever-- it's no wonder even a routine dentist appointment is rarely looked highly upon. After all, the fear and trepidation of being attached to a dentist chair as Sedation Dentistrysome guy in a mask screws around - literally - inside your mouth isn't something to look forward to.

But at Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc., all those bad memories of the dentist can be no more - because you don't even have to have the memories in the first place! That's because sedation dentistry offers a unique new way to experience a relaxed, calm trip to the dentist by providing an ideal solution for even the most fearful patients. Using sedatives that can relax skittish patients even during invasive procedures, sedation dentistry invokes the use of relaxants like nitrous oxide or light oral sedation while the patient is alert. Not long after, the patient will slip into a controlled state of beautiful relaxation, and oftentimes come to not even remembering the details of the procedure that just took place in their mouth!

Patients who undergo sedation dentistry allow their dental professionals to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, too, as patients with dental phobia specifically are rendered cooperative enough for their dental specialist to make record time in their mouth. This allows patients young and old who particularly despise the dentist to finally achieve the smile they've been too scared to go under for - and they won't even have bad memories left over!

Sedation dentistry makes coming into the dentist's office a breeze, helping even those patients with extreme dental phobia grin wide about their upcoming smile makeover. For more information on sedation dentistry and how it makes each trip to the dentist that much easier, give Dr. Posey's office a call today at (559) 227-6755 for full dental relief right here in Fresno, CA!



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