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Is Fear Keeping You Away from the Dentist?

June 18, 2020
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Posted By: Winning Smiles
Patient undergoing sedation dentistry in Fontana, CA

If you feel nervous or fearful about visiting the dentist, you are not alone! Millions of people feel this way, and sadly, it often keeps them from visiting the dentist to maintain their healthy smiles.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way! There are solutions to help anxious patients feel at ease in the dental chair with sedation dentistry. If you're interested in sedation dentistry in Fontana, CA, your team at Winning Smiles can help. We offer three different levels of relaxation, and here's what you should know.

Nitrous Oxide Offers Mild Yet Effective Sedation

Also known as inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide is a breathable gas delivered comfortably through a small mask worn throughout your procedure. It works quickly to provide relaxation but also leaves your body right away after your dentist removes your mask. 

Nitrous oxide typically has no lingering side effects, which makes it safe for you to drive after your dental procedure and even return to your normal daily activities.

Oral Sedation Provides Moderate Relaxation

This form of dental sedation is administered through medication you will take one hour before your procedure. The medication allows you to remain conscious so you can communicate with your dentist, but it also works to erase any anxiety and even memory of your time in the dental chair.

Due to the nature of the medication, you will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment. You will also need to plan for time to let the medication wear off after your procedure.

IV Sedation Is the Deepest Level of Sedation That We Provide in Fontana

During IV sedation, a certified anesthesiologist delivers medication directly into your system intravenously while closely monitoring your heart rate and vital signs. This allows you to "sleep" throughout your appointment while feeling completely relaxed. 

This level of sedation is best for patients with severe anxiety, special needs, gag reflexes, or the need to complete multiple complex treatment procedures during one appointment.

If you would like to learn more about how sedation dentistry in Fontana can help you, we encourage you to call Winning Smiles today at (909) 822-3003 for more information.

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