Sedation Dentistry

Ease Anxiety and Fear with Sedation Dentistry

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We Can Help those with Any Level of Dental Anxiety

As many as 40 million people avoid going to the dentist from anxiety or fear. Skipping appointments puts the health of the smile at risk, as routine appointments help to remove harmful plaque and tartar from the teeth and address any concerns before they get worse. If treatment has been put off for some time, more extensive work may be needed, causing additional concern. Because we believe every patient deserves to get the dental care they need, at Traverse Dental we offer different levels of sedation for each level of anxiety, and is available for most of our treatments. Dental fear and anxiety may stem from any of the following:

  • A Negative Past Experience
  • Fear of the Dental Drill
  • Fear of Needles
  • Fear of Pain or the Unknown
  • Anxiety from Feeling Out of Control

Dr. Joshua Van Horn Decribes the Relaxing Sedation Experience

Types of Sedation

  • Oral – This option does not require the use of any needles. The patient simply takes a small pill by mouth about an hour prior to their appointment. This allows a companion to bring the patient to the office, where they arrive calm and comfortable.
  • Nitrous Oxide – The most frequently utilized form of sedation, nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas,” and helps the patient slip into a euphoric feeling that neutralizes pain signals. This safe and effective option allows the patient to return to normal within minutes.
  • IV – Intravenous Sedation is an ideal solution for patients who experience moderate to severe dental anxiety. While under IV sedation, the patient is left sleeping in a peaceful state with our highly-trained team monitoring their vital signs to ensure they remain at a safe level of sedation at all times during the procedure.

An Effective Modern Solution

Sedation dentistry has become a common practice, with IV sedation being included in procedures for many of our patients who experience higher levels of dental fear, or those who need more extensive dental work. Dr. Swan has worked diligently to make this option available to his patients, training at the Sinai Hospital of Detroit and honing his skills in dentistry to understand how to best help each patient in each unique situation. Dr. Van Horn is also certified in administering IV sedation, after completing a General Practice Residency to assist significantly medically compromised patients. With sedation dentistry, our patients are no longer afraid of returning for their next appointment, even in the most extreme cases.

Get the dental care you need without the anxiety. Call us today to schedule your next appointment with sedation dentistry!