For some people, a trip to the dentist can be a traumatic and anxious event. Often, a patient will have had a negative experience in the past at a dental office, or they may harbor a fear of needles and numbness. It is quite natural to be uncomfortable, even anxious, when laying in a dental chair.
Imagine taking a sedative medication that could help provide you the ultimate in relaxation throughout your dental visit. It is one of several choices for improving your dental experience.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
If you have any of the following you may be someone who would benefit from sedation dentistry:
Fear of dental treatment
History of traumatic dental experiences
Difficulty getting numb
Very sensitive gag reflex or difficulty opening
Extremely sensitive teeth
Limited time to get your dental care completed
Complex dental problems; or a need for oral surgery
Above average disdain for “getting numb”
Embarrassment about your teeth
In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades
Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems
Often make and then cancel dental appointments
Make numerous, lengthy phone calls to the dentist’s office
Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests
If you hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care and offices, and you can’t block them out, then you may want to “sleep” while you have your dental work done.
Recent research indicates that the number one reason adults postpone needed dental care is fear. That’s right, not time, not money, but fear! Yet dental decay and periodontal disease don’t strike only those who aren’t afraid to visit the dentist.
With safe and proven techniques, dental patients receive sedative drugs which work rapidly to create a relaxed state that is maintained and monitored throughout treatment. Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry also allows the doctor to complete multiple procedures in one appointment.
With sedation you simply won’t remember or be aware of any of the dental procedures that are performed. You breathe on your own, unlike hospital anesthesia where a machine breathes for you. It is like sleeping through your appointment! Here are some sedation facts:
It really works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
You will have little or no memory of the experience.
You won’t remember any sounds or smells.
Complex dental treatments that often require multiple appointments can often be done in as little as one or two appointments, all while you relax!
People who have difficulty getting numb will have no problem when relaxed.
Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.
It is important to voice your concerns and dental fears. At the offices of Dr. Stacy Johnson’s Family Dentistry, we are happy to provide conscious sedation to help make your experience the best it can be with little to no post-operative discomfort. Feel completely relaxed, safe and happy yet retain a sense of awareness and responsiveness. If desired, higher degrees of sedation can be achieved which may produce drowiness and sleepiness. You will wake with almost no memory of your dental procedure. For your safety, be sure you have someone drive you to your appointment and back home if you choose a higher degree of sedation.
"Elaine and Kim were great. Kim does a great job with the financial end of maximizing my personal company dental insurance options. Elaine was great at answering all of my questions. Quite frankly, everyone on your team has been so customer service friendly and knowledgeable all why being extremely kind and understanding. This has been the best move for me and my family for dental care. The accessibility and response time is extraordinary, even after hours and weekends. I especially appreciate the Christian atmosphere . Dr. Johnson and team go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. Extremely knowledgeable all while being kind and compassionate. Their customer service is extraordinary. I would recommend their services to everyone, especially if you’ve neglected your personal dental care due to apprehension or previous negative experiences. They offer dental sedation services which you won’t even remember. I highly recommend Stacy"
Karen R. Greenwood IN.
“The ladies in the front office are always so friendly and courteous. They always greet me by name when I come in and acknowledge me again as I’m leaving. Dr. Johnson always makes me laugh, even if he has “bad news” for me! And Mary Jane is the best dental hygienist in the state of Indiana, no question! There is no downside to visiting the office of Dr. Stacy Johnson. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable. Everyone on staff is professional and friendly. No one is ever particularly thrilled to visit the dentist, but no matter the procedure, you can be certain that Dr. Johnson and his staff will make it the best experience it possibly can be. “
"Always Exceptional!! I don’t suppose that many people eagerly look forward to a visit to their dentist, but Dr. Johnson and his outstanding staff can certainly make you glad you came. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and courteous. The office is warm and comfortable. The dental care is top notch. I have never had a bad experience in the 7 1/2 years I’ve been a patient. From routine cleanings and fillings to root canals and oral surgery, I’ve always had the best of care."
Janis W. Indianapolis, IN.
"It was a great experience even though I had both sides of my mouth worked on that morning. Yes it was a long day in the chair. But Dr Young and Megan done a great job. Thanks again.!! Things went well no complaints!!"
Kerry C. Greenwood IN.
"Every staff member was really great, I even got a blanket before being worked on.
My review of the office staff and Dr Stacy Johnson is that it was truly the best I have ever encountered. Thank you for taking such good care of me in such a positive environment."
Kenton Y. Greenwood IN.
"I saw Lindsey for the first time for a teeth cleaning. She was extremely gentle and her flossing was painless. My new name for her is Phantom Flosser. "
"It is Great!!!"
Phylis B. Greenwood IN.
"All my life I never liked to go to a dentist. This experience changed my mind. Great and caring staff"
Dennis B. Plainfield IN.
"From the moment I step through the door until the moment I leave, everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming. The ladies in the front office are gems, every one of them. They just sparkle. The exam room team are equally friendly and very, very competent. I’m always in good hands, no matter who attends me. And Dr. Johnson is a fabulous dentist. It’s worth the occasional cavity just to be in his presence!
My appointment was just supposed to be a routine cleaning. But during the cleaning, Kim noticed a problem with an old filling that would soon lead to problems. Dr. Johnson and his team juggled their schedule and took care of the problem right then. I didn’t have to re-schedule and make arrangements to return. Exemplary dental care and awesome customer service! What more could anyone want from their dentist?!"
Janis W. Indianapolis IN.
"Lindsey did an excellent job of cleaning my teeth with the ultrasonic water spray that removed stains.
Always have an enjoyable and excellent appointment with Dr. Johnson and team. Courteous, efficient, thorough, and always good humor!"
Jeffrey C. Nashville IN.
"Lindsay was my hygienist — this was my first visit with her. She was very professional and explained everything she was doing and gave me some suggestions for my future dental care. Dr Johnson (as always) was friendly and thorough and knows the people who come to see him. As always, the girls at the front were friendly and personable."
Candy R. Franklin IN.
"Jennifer, Megan, Kim, Kim, Kimberly, Susan, Dr. Long, and of course Dr. J. were all very pleasant to be around, even when they are x-raying, scraping, drilling, and filing. I’m sure the rest of the staff is equally friendly. This is a great environment to be in, they actually make it enjoyable to have your teeth worked on."
Jeff K. Franklin IN
"I am a teenager, and I’ve been going to Dr. Johnson for 8 years. He and his staff are extremely friendly and compassionate, and they help me to understand how to do a better job of taking care of my teeth. I have braces, and they always do a great job with my cleaning. Last year, when I had a cavity, Dr. Johnson was so empathetic to my nervousness. He helped me calm down by giving me laughing gas. I am glad he did, because it really worked!"
Sophia F. Greenwood IN.
"I met Kelly a dental hygienist who was wonderful and went above and beyond to make me comfortable… She blew thru her lunch just to attend to my needs… Dr. Johnson was wonderful and wildly hilarious…"
Denedra J. Indianapolis IN.
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