Sedation Dentistry in Indianapolis from W. Michael Princell, DDS
Dental procedures can induce fear and anxiety in many patients, encouraging them to put off routine treatments that are necessary for good oral health. Fortunately, the Indianapolis dental office of W. Michael Princell, DDS offers a range of sedation procedures that maximize comfort and help patients overcome their dental anxieties. Dr. William Princell
believes that sedation dentistry is a positive option for many patients who would otherwise skip dental appointments. He has more than 25 years of experience working with patients who are anxious about sitting in the dental chair or need lengthy procedures that require special considerations. Sedation dental options help ensure that nobody puts off dental treatments because of fear or anxiety.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Our Indianapolis practice offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation options for patients during dental procedures. The sedation method is determined by the patient’s level of anxiety and the complexity of the treatment to be performed. Dr. Princell will focus on patients’ safety at all times and a health consultation is performed to qualify for sedation dentistry. Many insurance companies will cover all or a portion of in-office sedations. Here is an overview of the sedations we provide:
Nitrous Oxide - Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is administered through a nose hood. This is the only in-office sedative available for children, and oxygen is used to flush out the nitrous afterwards. Nitrous oxide evokes a general sense of well-being, and is more affordable than other methods of sedation. It is a mild sedative that works very quickly, without any side effects. Adult patients are able to drive themselves to and from their appointments.
Oral Conscious Sedation - Oral sedation is taken in pill form the night before the procedure, and again before the procedure begins. It is a moderate sedative, perfect for patients who are fearful or anxious. It dulls the senses so that most patients have no recollection of the procedure. Patients will need to have a driver transport them to and from their appointment.
IV Sedation - IV sedation is administered through a direct injection, which means the effects are immediate. Blankets and pillows are provided, and patients are continually monitored during the procedure. This is an incredibly relaxing method of sedation, usually reserved for complex procedures. When using this method, it’s important to bring a designated driver to bring you home from your procedure.
Don’t put off your dental procedures because of fear or anxiety. At W. Michael Princell, DDS, our priority is providing you with the most professional, gentle care to improve your oral health. Schedule a consultation today to learn how we can use in-office sedation to enhance your dental experience. Contact us today!