Do you or a family member suffer from dental anxiety? If you answered "yes," then you are not alone. Over half of the population has dental fear or anxiety: from people who feel slight discomfort, to those who are so terrified they can't step foot in a dental office. Robertsdale Dental Care understands each person's dental anxiety is unique, and we know that it is real.
We are able to alleviate those feelings of fear and anxiety with Sedation Dentistry and by giving our patients the personalized care they need.
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Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who experience dental anxiety. The more comfortable our patients are during their visits, the better they can receive the dental care that they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy. We find that patients that use oral conscious sedation become less apprehensive about making and keeping appointments, and sometimes no longer need sedation dentistry with subsequent dental visits.
When patients know that they can relax through dental treatment without feeling fearful, patients find the prospect of dental care is actually possible. Some of the advantages associated with sedation dentistry are:
Anxiety is alleviated
Few side effects
We can accomplish more, reducing the number of visits
Safe and pain-free
Sedation dentistry is popular because in most cases the sedative is remarkably effective that a patient is unable to recall details afterward.
Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on the best way we can help a patient relax. Before administering any sedative, we will review the full medical history of a patient, taking note of any current medications and other issues.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being, relieving anxiety, and reduces pain during the procedure. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide including a light tingling and numbness that may be felt. Nitrous is easily cleared out of your body and you are able to drive and function without any lasting effects. Nitrous has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who are anxious but don't want IV Sedation. We prescribe oral medication that is taken prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Some patients sleep with this type of sedation and others notice a dullness of their senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells, or noises associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken the night before, 30-minutes prior to the appointment, and then again during the procedure as required. After the procedure is completed most patients continue to feel groggy. That is why we require you to have a designated driver to and from the appointment.
IV Conscious Sedation
Intravenous Sedation is a moderate type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Unlike general anesthesia, which also is delivered intravenously, IV Sedation is a form of conscious sedation where the patient is never completely asleep. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. IV sedation is great for longer and more complex procedures. Patients will continue to feel sedated when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why we require you to have a designated driver to and from the appointment.
In most cases, we are able to complete any procedure with our in-office sedation. Rarely, but in certain cases, we may need to complete a hospital sedation to safely complete dental procedures for patients who have a complicated medical history, a challenging medical condition, or special needs. This type of sedation is also great for longer, more complex dental procedures.
Safety and compliance are two essential aspects of any dental treatment, and sedation dentistry satisfies both.
Jeremy Hardy, DMD, was born in Alexander City, AL and then moved to Wiggins Mississippi as a child. He graduated as valedictorian from Stone High School in 1997, and then he continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi completing a degree in Biological Science in 2001.
Dr. Hardy also attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry, earning his dental degree in 2005, and in 2006 he completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at UMMC. He is a member of the American Dental Association, and enjoys learning more about dentistry through lectures and continuing education meetings.
Dr. Hardy offers Oral Conscious Sedation and short-term cosmetic Orthodontic treatment in addition to a full range of general dentistry treatment options.
Dr. Hardy longs to bring comfort and overall well-being to his patients.
Lindsey Taylor, DMD, grew up in Satsuma, Alabama. Formerly Lindsey Sharp, She graduated as Salutatorian from Satsuma High School in 2001. She attended Spring Hill College, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Biology. Dr. Taylor attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry, earning her dental degree in 2009. Following dental school, Lindsey and her husband moved to Galveston, TX where she completed a medical residency and she began her career as a general dentist.
Dr. Taylor offers a wide variety of general dentistry treatment options and is a member of the American Dental Association, staying up to date with latest changes and updates in dentistry through continuing education courses.
Lindsey is thrilled to be a part of the outstanding team at Robertsdale Dental Care. She enjoys getting to know her patients, and making them feel comfortable throughout their treatment. Her goal is to treat each patient with the same respect, gentleness, and patience that she would her own family and friends.
Relief from your dental issue and from the anxiety that often accompanies dental problems is at the heart of Robertsdale Dental Care.
Robertsdale Dental Care understands your issue, including the emotions that can surround dental health. We long to offer kindness and comfort to fellow humans. Regardless of what makes you "you," we welcome you here.
Our hygienists and dental assistant staff have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
We recognize and know that many patients experience dental anxiety. We're here to help. We have multiple sedation options to help make sure your experience is enjoyable, and we always communicate what to expect.
Our dental assistant staff and hygienists have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
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