You Might Laugh: Sedation Dentistry

At OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle a wide varity of urgent dental situations. From weekend warriors who lost a tooth on the playing field to the kid with the severe toothache in the middle of the night, we have pretty much seen it all, and treated it all.

In many cases, patients arrive here in great pain, and are facing painful treatment. Sedation is frequently necessary to treat them quickly, efficiently, and without pain.

One of the most common forms of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. It is often described as light sedation, probably because it does not put you to sleep. But nitrous oxide is enough to make most patients feel very relaxed. They may not actually laugh, but in most cases they are able to undergo treatment.

Did you know that nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years? It’s true. That’s probably because it is so safe and, above all, effective. It takes effect quickly, wears off quickly, and for the majority of patients, there are no side effects. A minority experience headaches, nausea, shivering, or sweating.

Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask, and is actually a mixture of nitrous and oxygen. It is so safe that it is the sedation method of choice for treating children who are anxious about seeing the dentist.

Remember that at OnCall Dental in Fresno, we handle dental emergencies on a routine basis. They include toothache relief and extractions. You don’t need an appointment; walk-ins are always welcome. We are open 24/7.


OnCall Dental: Always There For Fresno

Have you ever tried to find a dentist on Saturday night? It is all but impossible. If you’ve got a dental emergency, what might have been an inconvenience can escalate into something much worse.

Most dentists are the owners and operators of their practices, so they run them like most other businesses – that is, Monday through Friday, nine to five. It’s a different story with doctors. Medical emergency? Hospitals never close. You can always find an urgent care center or the ER, when there’s a crisis in the middle of the night.

And that is what makes OnCall Dental in Fresno such a valuable resource. We there for you 24/7, providing the dental care you need, when you need  it the most. We can provide everything from toothache relief to teeth cleaning. And if you’re one of the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety, we provide sedation dentistry to get you through your procedure.

OnCall Dental in Fresno is open seven days a week, providing emergency dental care. Walk-ins are always welcome, and we accept most PPO insurance plans.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


Emergency Root Canals in Fresno

At first, it seemed like an ordinary toothache. But the pain got worse, so you drove to OnCall Dental in Fresno, happy to know they are open 24/7. That’s when the dentist said you’ll need a root canal.

Root canals are necessary when there is no other way to save a tooth. They treat the inflamed or infected tooth root. The words “root canal” have the power to strike fear into the most courageous heart, but today they are a fairly straightforward procedure, and with sedation, most patients experience little discomfort.

In a root canal, a dentist or an endodontist removes damaged pulp from the infected tooth’s interior. The resulting hole is filled. As a final touch, the tooth is sealed with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural appearance.

Patients who undergo a root canal are, of course, given proper anesthesia. The infected area is totally numbed, so there is no pain. Even then, some people have a lot of anxiety about what they’re about to undergo. In such cases, sedation can get them through it.

As a 24/7 practice, OnCall Dental in Fresno is always there to help. In addition to root canals, we provide toothache relief and other emergency dental care. Walks-ins are always welcome. Next time you need urgent dental are, think of us.

 


Types of Dental Sedation

Did you know that many adults share a common fear: the dentist. The number of patients that experience anxiety over visiting the dentist is a large one. However, with advancements in medicine, patients are able to be treated for their anxiety as well. This means more people can have healthier mouths and not have to worry about their fear of the dentist, sedation dentistry helps.

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This is achieved through “sedation dentistry” or sometimes, “sleep dentistry.” The sleep aspect is a bit of a misnomer as rarely are patients truly asleep. Most of the time they are awake and still able to interact and respond to dentists. This is because many procedures call for the patient to be able to respond to dentists requests, such as turning head. It should be noted these types of sedation go beyond the local anesthesia used to numb areas in the mouth. These sedations are medicines that affect a person’s mind and ability to process where they are and what is going on.

There are four types of sedation commonly used in dentistry today:

  • Inhaled Sedation: this is the typical “laughing gas” that many patients associate with dentists. It allows patients to relax and sort of forget. It is not a full sedation and is allows the patient to recover (from the medicine) fairly quickly. This is idea for a patient that has to drive themselves home after a procedure.
  • Oral Sedation: the dosage is determined by the dentist and prescribed so that a patient can take it a few hours before the procedure.
  • General Anesthesia: this is where a patient is totally unconscious and cannot be easily awakened. Typically this is not needed for routine work nor for relaxing anxious patients.
  • IV Sedation: This is medication administered through an IV where the dentist can adjust the level of sedation as needed for the completion of the procedure.

Your Dental Anxiety Solution

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Whether you need a dental checkup or have tooth pain requiring immediate care, don’t let your fear stop you from calling a dentist. At OnCall Dental – Fresno, we offer sedation dentistry to help put you at ease.

Conscious sedation allows you to be awake and pain-free during your procedure. Your dentist may give you a mild anti-anxiety pill or laughing gas beforehand. Laughing gas puts patients into a relaxed state.

Our caring staff will make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire process.  From root canals to dental implants, our goal is to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Dental anxiety affects patients of all ages, so don’t be shy about letting us know. We provide dental care services to keep you healthy for life and we’ll replace your knocked-out tooth. Rest assured that our dentists working around-the-clock will be there when you need them.

Want to learn more about our comprehensive dental care services? We provide a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as emergency and general dentistry. Give OnCall Dental – Fresno a call today.

 

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


What To Know About Sedation Dentistry

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Dental anxiety is one of the main reasons why some people don’t visit the dentist as often as they should. According to a recent survey, 22% of people said that their fear of the dentist stopped them from seeking care.

At OnCall Dental – Fresno, we pay particular attention to patients who have gathered the courage to come in despite their fear.  They feel comfortable at our practice because we offer sedation dentistry.

When you come in for an appointment, your dentist will determine which sedation dentistry treatment is best for you. We provide conscious sedation (usually anti-anxiety medication) or laughing gas. These treatments will be given to you right before your procedure begins. You’ll stay calm throughout the process, whether it’s a simple cleaning or a cosmetic dentistry procedure such as dental implants.

Want to learn more about our comprehensive dental care services? Give our office a call at 559-477-4553 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced staff can answer any questions you have about sedation dentistry or any of our other services. Thanks so much for stopping by our dental blog. We look forward to keeping your smile healthy for life.

 

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 559-477-4553