Dr. Thomas DeFinnis at Wynnewood Dental Arts wants every patient he treats to be at ease and comfortable during their procedure. That is why we offer multiple sedation options, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and in some cases, specialist-assisted IV sedation. Don’t let your fear of pain or dental work keep you from having the beautiful smile you deserve.
Let Us Put You at Ease
Your Wynnewood dentist understands that many of his patients may suffer from a fear of dental procedures, either because of the pain associated or because of a previous trauma. We want to put you at ease from the moment you enter our office. We offer a calming atmosphere, along with cozy furnishings and exam chairs. We consider patient comfort one of our highest priorities.
Your Sedation Options
During your consultation and exam, Dr. DeFinnis will discuss your treatment plan. You can feel free to share with him any fears you may have and together you will determine which sedation option is best for you and for the procedures you require. The options are:
- Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a gas that you inhale which provides a calming and analgesic effect. The gas works immediately and is a mild to moderate solution for those who do not require a higher level of sedation. You will be fully aware during your treatment and you will likely be able to drive yourself home afterwards.
- Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives are anti-anxiety pills administered in-office. Not only will you feel free of discomfort or pain, but you will likely not recall the procedure itself. Oral sedatives require more time to take effect than nitrous oxide, but will effectively ease moderate anxiety. You will need to arrange to be driven home after your procedure with this option.
- Combination Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedatives: A combination of both nitrous and oral sedatives will increase the efficacy of the anti-anxiety properties of both medications, and is reserved for patients with high levels of dental anxiety. As with oral sedatives alone, you will not be able to operate a vehicle after your treatment.
- IV Sedation: In special cases, Dr. DeFinnis will bring in an anesthesiologist to assist him by administering IV sedation. IV sedation involves the introduction of anti-anxiety medication directly to the bloodstream for immediate and strong effect.
Want to learn more? Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. DeFinnis and discuss our sedation options. The doctor will evaluate your oral health, talk with you about your concerns, and help you decide whether implants are the best solution to your denture problems. Call 610-228-4452 today to reserve your appointment at our Wynnewood, PA dentist office near center city Philadelphia.