At R. Boyd Gilleland, DDS, PA, we know how important oral health is to your overall health. We are passionate about providing dental care to everyone and not allowing fear to be a barrier to a healthy smile. By incorporating conscious sedation dentistry into our Port Charlotte dental practice, we can help all our patients achieve the healthy smiles they deserve.
Sedation dentistry is for people who have a fear or anxiety at the dentist, have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time, have a hard time getting numb and staying numb, or have a sensitive gag reflex that made it impossible to have dental treatment in the past.
Sedation can be used for treatments as simple as a filling, or for more complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. The introduction of sedation dentistry has allowed patients who have avoided the dentist for years to receive the dental care they need.
Dr. Gilleland offers conscious sedation in the form of a prescription pill to patients who suffer from dental anxiety. This will put you in a relaxed state and may even make you fall asleep. It has an amnesic effect, so you’ll have little to no recollection of your appointment.
Conscious sedation pills have to be taken on a fasting schedule. You take the first pill before bed and take the second pill one hour before your dental appointment. Since you will be sedated prior to your visit and for several hours after, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your dental appointment.
Many of our Port Charlotte dental patients also have a fear of needles, which is why we offer computerized anesthetic delivery with the Wand® single-tooth anesthesia. After Dr. Gilleland applies a topical numbing agent to the tooth, he administers a tiny injection to numb that tooth and that tooth only. Most patients who’ve received anesthetic with the Wand tell us they never feel a thing!
To learn more about sedation dentistry with Dr. R. Boyd Gilleland, schedule an appointment at our Port Charlotte dental office.