Oral Sedation Dentistry – The Key to Anxiety Free Dental Care

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Over 30% of Americans avoid dental care because they are afraid of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, this usually results in their developing more more serious dental problems. They end up needing more extensive and expensive treatment that reinforces their worst fears. 

And then, they are even more afraid.

In our office, we offer oral sedation dentistry for our nervous or fearful patients.  A simple little pill helps them feel more relaxed and able to have dental treatment without fear.

Our oral sedation patients tell us:

  • They feel very relaxed
  • Time goes by quickly
  • They are sleepy, but awake
  • They often don’t remember the appointment later

If you would like to feel this way during your dental visits, oral sedation dentistry may be right for you. It can help you:

  • Overcome or at least limit your fear and anxiety about dentistry
  • Stop feeling guilty about avoiding dental care
  • Bring your mouth back to a healthy state & prevent future dental problems
  • Feel proud that you are taking care of yourself
  • Enjoy a smile that you are proud to share

To learn more about oral sedation dentistry and how it can help you enjoy a healthy and happy smile, give us a call. We promise not to judge the state of your mouth and will take great care of you. 

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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Sedation Dentistry: A Solution for Dental Fear & More

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Everyone deserves to have a beautiful and healthy smile, but for some of you fear of going to the dentist gets in the way.  We understand.  Helping fearful dental patients is one of our favorite things to do.

One of the most popular solutions we offer people with dental anxiety is oral sedation dentistry.  It can be as simple as taking a pill and there are no I.V. needles involved.  Our patients tell us they are awake and feel fully relaxed during their treatment. The time seems to go by quickly.  They are grateful for the experience of stress free dental appointments and proud of themselves for moving beyond their fears to become more healthy.

Some of the other benefits they appreciate about oral sedation dentistry are:

  • It is a time saver.  Oral sedation dentistry allows for longer appointments and most patients can have all of their treatment completed in one visit, saving time and trips to the dental office.
  • Dr. Ron Smith has the experience and skill needed to provide many procedures often referred out to specialists, resulting in the availability of more comprehensive dental care.
  • It is a great solution for patients with a strong gag reflex or disability.
  • In the long run, people save money because dental problems become more complex and expensive when neglected over time.
  • Even cosmetic dentistry patients love being able to relax during their smile makeovers.

We have a strong commitment to your safety.  Dr. Smith and our team have the required certifications to provide oral sedation dentistry and continue to take classes and updates as they become available.  If you are unable to come to our office, please be sure any dentist offering you sedation care has the proper certifications before allowing them to treat you.

If you are in our area or would like to travel to see Dr. Smith, we would love to help you move past your fears and enjoy better dental health with oral sedation dentistry.

Call (865) 922-1613 to learn more. We promise to take good care of you.

Oral Sedation Dentistry is Easier than You Think

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It’s bad enough to be afraid of the dentist, but for some of you a lack of information can make the solution sound scary too.  What you may not know about oral sedation dentistry is how easy it is and how pleasant your experience will be.

First of all, it is safe and effective.  The medication we use has been used safely for decades.  It is really easy too!  You simply take a pill.  No IV.  No extra needles or shots.

Most patients describe a feeling of being completely relaxed, but awake, and they often do not remember their dental visit later. They  are always  happy and grateful that we make this experience available to them.

Sedation dentistry is convenient too.  In most cases you can get all of your dental treatment completed in just one visit.  You save time, trips to the office, and have fewer opportunities to be nervous about your treatment.  Some patients choose sedation dentistry for this reason alone.

If fear of the dentist has been keeping you from taking care of your health or having a smile you are proud of, there is no reason to wait anymore.  We have helped many people just like you have comfortable, relaxed dental experiences.  We love seeing them change from feeling ashamed and fearful to happy and proud.

You can become one of our happy patients, too!

Ron Smith, DDS – Knoxville, TN  (865) 922-1613

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Choose Your Dentist Wisely

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Oral sedation dentistry is an excellent choice if you are nervous or afraid of the dentist, want a lot of treatment completed in one visit, or have other issues that make visits to the dentist challenging.

Knowing we can help you feel relaxed and calm during your dental visit can be empowering and allow you to finally have the healthy mouth and beautiful smile you deserve.

Not all dentists can legally provide this service and it is important to ask these questions when choosing an oral sedation dentist:

  • What is your training and background?
  • How long have you been providing oral sedation dentistry?
  • What special certifications or licenses do you have that allow you to be an oral sedation dentist?

In our office, Dr. Ron Smith has a long history of being a successful and experienced oral sedation dentist. He has completed advanced training in oral sedation and emergency response and takes continuing education classes every year so that he is up to date with the latest technology and information in the field.

So, what is oral sedation?

It is an easy and comfortable way to feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment. With oral sedation, you simply take a sedative pill that slows the reaction of your nervous system. There are no IV’s or needles involved. We do a thorough screening of your medical history and medications you take before choosing a medication that will be safe and effective for you.

The oral sedation drugs that we use have been used safely on millions of patients and are in the safest category available. You will feel calm and relaxed, but alert and responsive. You will not be asleep.

Over the years, we have helped many patients have dental care that would normally be too afraid or unable to. We made sure they never felt judged for the condition of their mouths when they came in and focused on helping them feel safe and understood. We have witnessed transformations that seemed miraculous and tears of joy.

We love this work and hope that if you are avoiding dental treatment and feel oral sedation dentistry may be the answer, you reach out and get the help you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Not Just for Dental Fear & Anxiety

afraid of dental chair dental fearWhen we think about oral sedation dentistry, most of us picture people who are afraid of dentists or have a lot of dental anxiety.  While these patients are the primary users of oral sedation in our practice, there are other reasons people choose sedation that might surprise you.

Oral sedation dentistry may be a good option if:

You have a lot of treatment to get done – with sedation dentistry we can often get all of your treatment completed in one visit, making your dental care easy and convenient. Many people choose this option so they can take just one day off work and not have to come in for several visits.  It is also an excellent choice for people who are very busy, need treatment completed quickly, or travel a lot.

You have a strong gag reflex – for some patients even the simplest dental procedure can become an ordeal.  Oral sedation dentistry is an effective solution for people who gag easily or have trouble holding their mouth open.

Your dental treatment is complex or will require long appointments – in some cases, being able to have the longer visits sedation makes possible will allow your dentist to provide the best possible treatment for your situation.

Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb – some dental patients require more local anesthesia than others and there are also times when teeth don’t get numb at all. Larger amounts of local anesthesia, especially with epinephrine, can give patients headaches or jitters after their treatment and there are limits as to how much can be given safely.  Oral sedation dentistry allows these patients to have the treatment they need without being concerned about their teeth getting numb.

Sitting in a dental chair is uncomfortable for you – if you have back or neck issues that make your dental visits hard on you, oral sedation can help make them easier.

The next time you or someone you love needs to have dental work, remember that oral sedation is an option that can save time and help you be more comfortable during the process.  You simply take a pill and your dentist does the rest.

One word of caution – be sure that the dentist you choose for oral sedation dentistry has the required advanced credentials and training.

If you are in the Knoxville area and curious about how sedation might help you, give us a call: (865) 922-1613

If you are not in our area, here is a resource for finding a certified oral sedation dentist near you: http://www.sedationcare.com/