Your Comfort Is Our Primary Concern
Dr. Paulson works hard to create an environment that eliminates dental anxiety and gives you multiple ways to feel comfortable. At
the top of the list, of course, is gentle, caring treatment. Dr. Paulson and the team will always focus on meeting your needs. We
offer light and moderate sedation possibilities, an option to reverse numbness after treatment, and iPods and iPads so you can
listen to music, watch movies, or play apps while we care for you.
A Selection of Sedation Dentistry Options
Dr. Paulson is skilled at painless anesthesia delivery, but some people still suffer intense anxiety at even the thought of a needle
or the actual treatment process. At Grand Traverse Smile Center, we offer oral conscious sedation. A small pill that we’ve provided
to you is taken about one hour before your visit. You'll relax to a level of relaxation that allows you to respond to questions but
mostly sleep through your entire visit. This is ideal for people suffering from dental anxiety or those who have a busy schedule and
want to get all their treatment done in one visit.
Oral conscious sedation doesn’t “knock” you out like you would be for general surgery. The level of sedation is just deep enough so
that you feel nothing but are still conscious. Some patients may have anxiety about dental work but also a fear that centers on losing
control or not being able to perceive what’s going on around them. Conscious sedation provides a happy medium, allowing comfort and
relaxation while maintaining control and understanding what’s happening.
For some people, anxiety isn’t an issue but they are highly resistant to anesthetic. They just can’t get numb. Also, when someone has
extensive dental work needed but can’t spare the time to make repeated visits to the dentist, oral conscious sedation lets them get
their work done in one longer visit. Years of treatment can be accomplished in just a single visit!
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
A lighter option is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. You breathe it through a mask and soon are relaxed to a point that allows
local anesthetic to be administered with little to no pain. Recovery happens quickly, and you can drive yourself home. This is best for
patients who are a little nervous or who need a simple restoration and don’t require the full relaxation of oral conscious sedation.
Call our office at (231) 935-4872 to determine how sedation dentistry can make your dental visit comfortable and relaxed.