Sedation Dentistry, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale

Sedation Dentistry Article by Dr. Berger from pg. 34 of Pompano Today Magazine

Replace Anxiety with Tranquility and Receive the Treatment You Need

Sedation DentistryFor many people, dental anxiety is a major reason for not seeking the dental work that they need, in many cases desperately. If you count yourself among the millions of dental phobics in the United States, we certainly understand. Whether you have had a bad dental experience in the past or are simply fearful of the sights, sounds, and sensations associated with dentistry, the practice of Nicole M. Berger, D.D.S., welcomes you. The sedation dentistry options available at our Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale area office will allow you to undergo multiple dental procedures if necessary, all while feeling no discomfort or anxiety whatsoever. In fact, any memories you have of your dental experience are likely to be highly pleasant.

Imagine undergoing years’ worth of complex dental work while feeling completely relaxed. If this sounds too good to be true, we urge you to give us the chance to prove how peaceful a dental appointment can be. Contact or visit our sedation dentistry practice in Pompano Beach, serving Fort Lauderdale and surrounding communities, today.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Used to alleviate fear and discomfort during general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry and oral surgery procedures, sedation dentistry uses safe medications to soothe patients’ anxieties and make them feel completely at ease. Through drugs administered either orally or through an IV, Dr. Berger can provide just the right amount of relaxation necessary for patients to undergo their dental treatments. Dr. Berger is a certified conscious sedation dentist who will have your best interests at heart while facilitating a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. You can read more on this in the article Dr. Berger wrote HERE, the latest article in Pompano Today, Page 34!

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

If you have avoided going to the dentist due to overwhelming anxiety, sedation dentistry can make your visits more manageable. With the help of sedation techniques, extensive dental procedures can often be performed in a single appointment, without any stress, pain, or discomfort. Patients with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes or other health issues can also benefit from sedation therapy.

IV Sedation

Known as “conscious sedation,” IV sedation is a safe and effective treatment for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. Certified by the Florida Board of Dental Examiners as a conscious sedation dentist, Dr. Nicole Berger will create a relaxed environment during your procedure. With this type of sedation, Dr. Berger administers a combination of anti-anxiety and pain medications directly into the bloodstream. The sedation and analgesic effect is almost immediate and enables you to remain comfortable and relaxed during your entire dental treatment. This also allows Dr. Berger to combine complex procedures or oral surgeries into a single appointment. During IV sedation, you will remain conscious and responsive to your surroundings. However, yet will be mostly unaware of the dental procedures being administered. If at any time you need more sedation, Dr. Berger can quickly administer more medication, which takes effect more quickly than oral drugs. The overall result is reduced anxiety and reduced discomfort with little or no memory of your treatment afterward.

If anxiety over dental procedures is getting in the way of your seeking dental treatment, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact Dr. Nicole M. Berger at her Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale area dental practice to learn how you can lessen your fear of visiting the dentist through dental sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is another method used to achieve “conscious sedation” and can be prescribed for many types of dental work, from a routine check-up to cosmetic procedures. It can also help patients who have a hard-to-control gag reflex or tooth sensitivity, as well as those who are resistant to numbing medications. Depending on your level of stress, Dr. Berger can administer an anti-anxiety pill, or a combination of sedatives on the day of your visit, generally an hour before treatment is scheduled to start (Therefore, it is necessary to have a companion drive to and from the appointment). The sedative will cause a state of complete relaxation, similar to sleep. Although you will not be asleep, you will be mostly unaware of the dental treatments being performed, and will experience an amnesia-like quality that reduces your memory of the treatment. Dr. Berger can then focus on completing one or multiple procedures, potentially reducing the amount of dental visits necessary.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

At the practice of Nicole M. Berger, D.D.S., we welcome fearful patients of all ages. To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry at our Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale area practice, please contact our dental practice today.