Sedation Dentistry in Glen Carbon, IL
If making an appointment at the dentist’s office is something you avoid at all costs, you may be the perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. Anxiety or fear of the dentist is a legitimate concern that affects many people. Unfortunately, it can lead to a decline in oral health. By finding ways to manage the anxiety, we can ensure that you keep your teeth and gums healthy. With sedation dentistry, the Kellerman Dental team can help patients in the Glen Carbon, IL area overcome their dental phobia.
How does sedation dentistry work?
The goal of sedation dentistry is to keep you calm and relaxed during dental treatments and procedures. There are various types of sedation available, and at Kellerman Dental, we provide moderate oral conscious sedation. With this type of sedation dentistry, you are prescribed a safe medication to be taken before coming into the office for the appointment. The drug used will make you feel relaxed and at ease but still aware of your surroundings. You can follow directions during treatment with conscious sedation, and you will likely have little to no memory of the appointment. You may feel like you slept through your dental work.
With oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange transportation to and from the office. The effects of the medication should wear off completely within a few hours.
Sedation Dentistry at Kellerman Dental explained by Dr. Kevin Kellerman
What is sedation dentistry?
Hi, my name is Dr. Kevin Kellerman with Kellerman Dental in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry may be the option you’re looking for to help you overcome your dental anxiety.
What are the sedation options available at Kellerman Dental?
At Kellerman Dental, we utilize oral sedation. Oral sedation is easy. You take a few pills to help you relax before you come to your appointment.
When you come in for your appointment, you are much more relaxed than usual, and it’s easier for you to receive the treatment you need and desire.
How does oral sedation work?
While you are sedated using oral sedation, you are very likely to fall asleep while we work on your teeth.
You will be able to wake up and talk to me, if necessary, and you won’t be completely knocked out. However, it will be much more comfortable for you.
All of our patients who utilize oral sedation in our practice love it, and it was the final thing they needed to help them receive the care they needed and wanted.
SEDATION DENTISTRY IS USEFUL FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE:
- A low pain threshold
- An excessive gag reflex
- Difficulty sitting still in a dentist’s chair
- Very sensitive teeth
- Fear of Dentist or dental work
- Need for a very lengthy procedure
We are fully accredited and licensed to provide moderate conscious sedation, which means patients remain awake but relaxed. It is covered by most insurance plans.
Sedation dentistry is not just for dental phobia
Oral conscious sedation is not solely reserved for patients with dental anxiety. It can be useful for patients with the following situations:
- A strong gag reflex
- Facing a lengthy procedure
- Trying to get multiple treatments in the same visit to save time on appointments
Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling us today
At Kellerman Dental, our team understands the impact dental anxiety can have on your mind as well as your oral health. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about sedation dentistry to get you the dental care you deserve. If you are in the Glen Carbon, IL, area and would like to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, please give us a call at (618) 228-3100.
Dr. Kevin Kellerman is an alumnus of Pinckneyville Community High School, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and SIUE School of Dental Medicine from where he obtained his doctorate.
A full-time dental practitioner, he also lectures on various topics. He is affiliated with many professional bodies including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Orthodontic Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, and the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Kellerman and team are known for higher levels of service and patient care and for utilizing advanced technologies in treatments. He also participates in community projects and believes in giving back to the community that he serves.