Westfield area patients now get a solution for dental anxiety

Patients of all ages who come to the practice of Dr. Thomas C. Streko may have a touch of dental anxiety. It is common for both children and adults to struggle with a fear of the dentist. Thankfully, Dr. Thomas C. Streko has a way to help individuals who find it difficult to maintain necessary appointments with their dental team.

Dental anxiety is often handled by Westfield area dentists with sedation. Sedation dentistry is used to calm and relax patients who are dealing with fears about sitting in the dental chair. Three primary methods of sedation are readily available through the practice of Dr. Thomas C. Streko:

Nitrous Oxide

Known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide has been used for many years to help calm patients quickly and easily in the office with no after-effects. Nitrous oxide is a gas administered through a mask over the nose and it can make them feel almost immediately relaxed. This method is easily reversed using oxygen, which allows patients to drive home after their appointment or continue with their day at work without interruption.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation may be used for patients who have more severe anxieties. This particular way of calming a patient is achieved by taking prescription medication before an appointment. Patients must arrange transportation to and from the dental office. Patients will be conscious during treatment but fully relaxed and they can answer questions and discuss the procedure at the time it is being done, though some may even fall asleep.

Deep Sedation

The other method of sedation available is deep sedation, which requires an anesthesiologist on hand at the time of administration. This is best for patients who have severe anxieties or for those who have certain disabilities and need to be completely calm during their treatment for Dr. Thomas C. Streko to perform his procedures. Patients who believe they will do better with the use of a deep anesthetic are encouraged to talk to the team at our practice about whether or not this method of sedation is appropriate for their needs.