Fear of going to the dentist is common. Whether the fear stems from trauma as a child, painful procedures as an adult, or stereotypes perpetuated by TV, all may induce fear of dental visits and much needed treatment. Dr. Ryan Estes provides sedation dentistry for their patients in Florence & Ft. Thomas, KY to eliminate their stress and anxiety associated with dental procedures.
The two types of conscious sedation dentistry include oral sedation and conscious IV sedation. The type of sedation that Dr. Ryan Estes will administer depends on the patient’s needs. The different types offer varying levels of anxiety relief, including minimal, moderate, and deep.
Oral sedation allows Dr. Ryan Estes to relieve a patient’s anxiety with a small pill that is taken about an hour before the appointment. This method does not require tubes or needles. The procedure does not begin until the patient is comfortable and relaxed. A companion will be needed to drive the patient home.
Conscious IV sedation is more effective than the other methods because Dr. Ryan Estes can monitor exactly how much of the sedative is administered. This method is typically used in patients who exhibit moderate to extreme dental anxiety.
Dr. Ryan Estes and our staff carefully monitor the patient’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and breathing. The patient is awake throughout the procedure, but the medications used in conscious IV sedation leave the patient with amnesia of the procedure. The patient will remember nothing about the experience!
Dr. Ryan Estes has received specialized, advanced training to administer conscious IV sedation. He is certified by the state Board of Dental Examiners.
With all of these options, there is nothing to fear about going to the dentist again. It is our goal to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Call Dr. Ryan Estes today to learn more about sedation dentistry in Florence & Ft. Thomas, KY.