At Lawton Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that every patient deserves a comfortable, positive experience every time they visit. However, for individuals who have not visited the dentist in some time, or those suffering from dental anxiety and phobia, we recognize that the prospect of professional dental care can be intimidating. By offering personalized sedation dentistry options, Dr. Lopez and his team help all patients overcome their fears and enjoy the dental care they deserves.
The Advantages of Dental Sedation
Safe for almost every patient, dental sedation provides individuals with the opportunity to visit the dentist and lower their fears. Sedation is administered as a pill, taken about an hour before your dental appointment. During the appointment, patients remain conscious and responsive but are in a state of relaxation. As many forget the specific details of their treatment, sedation dentistry is ideal for individuals looking to replace poor experiences from the past with more positive visits.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Sedation?
In an effort to avoid facing dental fears, many with dental anxiety and phobia avoid visiting the dentist at all costs. As patients miss out on important annual cleanings and checkups, they increase their risk of developing more serious dental conditions, just as tooth infection and gum disease. In the long-run, this can require more comprehensive dental care in order to protect the patient’s dental function and overall wellbeing.
For nervous patients, as well as those suffering from dental anxiety or phobia, dental sedation is particularly helpful as it offers patients an option for receiving comfortable yet necessary dental care. For these individuals, the prospect of receiving dental care is often overwhelming; for patients with severe cases of dental phobia, even the idea of having to visit the dentist can trigger extreme anxiety and fear.
Dental sedation is also ideal for patients who are facing lengthy dental procedures. With sedation dentistry, many patients lose track of time, feeling as if an hour-long treatment only lasted a few minutes. As a result, patients are able to undergo multiple treatments in just one appointment, eliminating the need to take more time off from work than necessary.
Improve your Dental Visit with Sedation Today
At our Lawton dental practice, patient safety is our priority. As dosage is personalized to each patient’s needs, dental sedation is safe for almost every patient. Prior to treatment, Dr. Lopez will conduct an evaluation of your medical history to ensure that you are healthy enough to receive dental sedation. On the night before your appointment, we recommend that patients fast starting at midnight and take the medication an hour before their appointment. We often recommend that patients have a friend or family member drive them to and from their appointment.
If you are interested in improving your next appointment with dental sedation, contact Lawton Cosmetic Dentistry today and learn more about the advantages of this service.
Read what people are saying about us.
I loved my experience at Dr. Lopez's office. 20 years ago I had several unsightly metal fillings put in my mouth. Also, I've worn my teeth down by grinding considerably over the years. As I grew older, my teeth did not look good to me when I smiled. In July of 2015, I wanted to have all of the metal fillings in my mouth removed, and one of the fillings in particular had already cracked the tooth that it filled. Initially, I was very nervous, but Dr. Lopez and his staff completely put me at ease from the time I walked in the door. The way he rebuilt the grinding damage on my back teeth is remarkable. He is not only a great dentist but a gifted architect and engineer at the same time. I didn't even feel the numbing shots at all, and I actually fell asleep in the chair during the procedure thanks to Dr. Lopez's relaxing demeanor and the calming music in the room. To my wife, I affectionately refer to him as Dr. Lopezzzzzz, now, since I did fall asleep. I would recommend Dr. Lopez to even my closest family. Thank you, again, Dr. Lopez.
I went to Dr. Lopez to get veneers on eight teeth (upper, front). From my initial consultation to getting my temporary veneers put in today, I have been consistently impressed by his practice. The entire staff operate as a single, professional team. Extremely courteous, knowledgable, and accommodating, they do everything they can to help patients feel both comfortable and fully informed of everything that goes on during their visit.
My process with the veneers thus far has been extremely smooth and easy. Despite what you may read on the Internet from other people who have gotten veneers elsewhere, Dr. Lopez goes through great measures to ensure that your experience is pain and worry free. He is truly a master at his craft, and his vast experience in the dental profession (equally reflected in his accolades) definitely shows.
I have a check-up for the temporary veneers in the next couple of weeks, and the permanent veneers will arrive shortly thereafter. I have full confidence that the rest of this process will go just as well as it has so far, especially after my visit today. Highly recommend this office for your dental needs. 5/5 stars.
I have never liked going to the dentist because of painful past experiences. Shots, rough cleanings, etc. On my first visit, I had a cleaning . There was no pain. I was impressed. And a recent event that required shots, and extractions had me concerned about pain, but Dr. Lopez reassured me not to worry. As he began the shots,NO PAIN AT ALL!!! I was more than impressed! I knew I had found my dentist. Dr. Lopez and his staff are kind, gentle, professional, and the atmosphere is very relaxed and pleasant! I am very pleased, and highly recommend him!!!