EASE YOUR FEARS ABOUT YOUR NEXT DENTAL VISIT
Despite advancements in dental care, many patients often associate visiting the dentist with thoughts of pain and discomfort. At ESI Dental, we do everything that we can to ensure that the patient experience is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. In line with that philosophy, Dr. Dimitrios Kilimitzoglou offers sedation dentistry at our Long Island practice. Sedation dentistry, combined with Dr. Kilimitzoglou’s excellent patient care, can make going to the dentist an easy, anxiety-free experience.
If you are apprehensive about visiting the dentist, and would like to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you feel at ease, contact our Smithtown, Long Island practice today.
A Relaxed Experience with Sedation Dentistry
If you experience fear and anxiety when you think about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, nearly 30 percent of American adults admit to associating dental visits with feelings of discomfort and pain. This fear can be so great that it actually hinders patients from maintaining their oral health. Sedation dentistry allows patients to put their fears aside, by using sedative drugs to help patients relax during their treatment.
Sedation dentistry works by putting patients into a calm state of mind. While sedated, patients feel relaxed and at ease, and with the use of localized pain medication, do not feel any pain that may be associated with the specific procedure that they are receiving. In addition, sedation often allows individuals to tune out the sounds of the dentist office that can sometimes create anxiety. Sedation dentistry makes it easy for everyone, even the most fearful patients, to receive quality dental care.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are many sedation dentistry treatment options now available to patients. The specific sedation that a patient receives will depend on the level of anxiety he or she experiences and the type of procedure that Dr. Kilimitzoglou will be performing. To meet his patients' needs, Dr. K offers three types of sedation dentistry out of his practice: oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, and IV.
- Oral sedatives are used to tackle the anxiety that a patient feels. These take some time to go into effect and can be administered up to one hour before a patient’s appointment. Often times, a patient may fall asleep when oral sedation is used. Patients simply take a small pill, making this method safe and effective.
- Nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient to put them in a relaxed state of mind. This sedation method works immediately and has minimal lingering side effects. Dr. Kilimitzoglou can also control the level of sedation throughout the procedure.
- IV Sedation involves injecting sedatives directly into the bloodstream through a needle. This form of sedation dentistry works instantly and offers patients the deepest level of sedation. IV sedation is most commonly used for patients who experience severe anxiety or discomfort, or for lengthy dental procedures. Patients enter a sleep-like state and typically have no recollection of the procedure.
A Calming Atmosphere
In addition to offering sedation dentistry, Dr. K and his staff make it a point to help patients feel comfortable throughout their treatment, by offering superior patient care and soothing amenities. We are happy to offer warm neck wraps and blankets to all of our patients. Our dental practice also features TVs in each procedure room and wireless internet access so that patients can feel relaxed while taking care of their oral health needs. Dr. K has also equipped his practice with state-of-the-art technology that is aimed at producing superior results while maintaining patient comfort, including soft tissue lasers, a CEREC® milling machine, and digital X-rays.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Kilimitzoglou wants patients to know that going to the dentist can be a positive experience. If you are interested in learning how sedation dentistry can ease your fears of visiting the dentist,contact our Long Island dental practice today. We have helped hundreds of patients transform their dental experience and their smile.