If you are on the internet searching for “painless dentist near me,” you can finally rest easy because here at Greg G. Pitts DDS in American Fork, Utah, Dr. Greg Pitts and his team are committed to helping you restore your smile using safe and comfortable sedation therapy for dental implants.
Dental sedation offers patients numerous benefits that can make their visit to the dental chair a much more bearable, if not stress-free, and painless experience. Here are a few benefits:
For patients with anxiety, it often can cause a procedure to stretch longer due to them moving around. With potent sedatives, a patient can relax while remaining still enough for Dr. Pitts to finish the process as quickly as possible.
Our gag reflex is usually a good thing. But, regarding specific dental procedures, this reflex can hinder your dentist when it’s necessary to work deeper inside your oral cavity.
Spasms caused by this reflex can lead to harm, which is why sedation is often used to suppress this reflex, allowing a dentist to work safely and efficiently without risking harm to their patient.
It’s perfectly reasonable for people to fear the pain associated with dental procedures. But with sedation therapy, your dentist can remove pain from the equation, so the brain doesn’t register pain while you are under the sedative’s influence.
Nervous patients can quickly become overwhelmed by their fear of the chair. In many cases, sedation can settle a patient’s nerves helping them relax and preventing unwanted injuries during sensitive procedures.
Typically, amnesia isn’t a good thing. However, not remembering their procedure can be a blessing for people with extreme dental phobia. This can help reduce their stress about future dental visits.
At Greg G. Pitts DDS, we offer our patients a variety of sedation choices to help them relax and better tolerate treatments. Here are a few options:
More commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide administered via a facemask has been considered the gold standard in mild to moderate anesthesia. As the sedation begins, you will start feeling groggy and become more and more desensitized. The effects of the gas begin to reside immediately after we stop administration. This means driving and doing other activities after your treatment is perfectly safe.
A more potent form of sedation that involves an anesthesiologist who alters the amount of sedative, ensuring you receive a safe dosage and remain comfortable. Like oral sedation, after receiving your sedative, you will not be able to participate in activities such as going to work or driving.
For Dr. Greg Pitts, dentistry is not just a profession; he is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients. He earned his BS from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah and his DDS from Creighton Dental School, Nebraska. He has been practicing dentistry in American Fork since 1999.
A member of the ADA, AGD, UDA, and American Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Pitts is actively involved with Utah Valley athletics and works to raise awareness of the need for tooth protection in organized sports and recreational activities. He is the official dentist for the BYU and UVU athletic departments.