Family And Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates

Sedation Dentistry

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Many people are shocked by the percentage of adults with serious dental issues and just how many hesitate to visit a dentist due to long-standing anxiety. In fact, many patients admit they avoid visits until they absolutely must make them. This is due to a long list of reasons, and at the dentist office of James Schmidt, DDS in St. Louis, MO, patients can enjoy different kinds of sedation dentistry to help with any anxiety or fear.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

As a general dentist, Dr. Schmidt recognizes the importance of regular dental care. However, he also understands that many patients have anxiety that might make them hesitate to book a simple exam and cleaning. After all, many have fear of:

  • Pain
  • Needles or dentistry equipment
  • Loss of control
  • Gagging
  • Feeling embarrassed about poor oral health
  • Fear of dentistry, and even dentists, in general

The good news is that through sedation dentistry, including IV sedation, our patients do not have anything to fear. We offer classic oral sedation that allows a patient to feel totally relaxed even as they arrive at the office. Some medications of this kind may even put a patient into such a deep state of relaxation that they may doze during treatment. There are other forms of sedation dentistry that can be delivered through an intravenous method, and these options can lead to “twilight” experiences. Though you are fully awake, you may feel you have dozed through treatment and are just awaking as the sedative wears off.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

If you suffer from any level of anxiety, we encourage you to consider discussing it with your general dentist the next time you visit our dental office. Though, there are obvious benefits such as experiencing no pain or upset, you can also have multiple treatments done in one visit and even begin to feel less nervous about future visits because sedation offers positive reinforcement.

Instead of recalling any fear or discomfort, you may begin to associate your time in our dental office with that soothing sense of relaxation and calm that is all due to your choice in sedation. In time, you may not even require sedation to have even a lengthy or complicate procedure. Naturally, if you do struggle with anxiety and need a long or potentially uncomfortable treatment, using sedation options is a sure-fire way of experiencing an entirely new experience, and to begin to see dentistry as an end to pain and upset, not the cause of it!

Remember too that anyone who really struggles with dental anxiety can even request sedation options for standard treatments like cleanings and checkups. We want our patients to have the healthiest teeth and gums possible, and if it means using methods to alleviate anxiety, we are happy to offer our expert advice and care.

Enjoy a Relaxing Visit to Our Dentist with Sedation Dentistry

Now that you know a bit more about sedation dentistry, it is time to talk with a dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by visiting our contact page.

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  • I cannot express my gratitude for your contribution in changing my life. I have been unable to wear my dentures for many years. This caused serious adjustments in my eating habit, my physical appearance, and my self confidence. People made fun of me making faces when chewing the limited food I ate. I had given up simple things like steak, corn on the cob, salads, nuts and most of all, smiles. This may seem trivial to you, but this Christmas I plan on purchasing many pounds of mixed nuts. Every time I eat them I will give a silent thanks to you for helping make it possible to eat them. It has been about 10 years since I have been able to enjoy such simple things. People tell me I look 10 years younger and have a great smile. Your contribution may have been just another day at work for you. But an uplifting life change for me. Appreciation doesn’t describe how much this means to me. Thank you and may you be blessed as I have been.
    Ernie Copeland
  • Thirty three years ago I had crowns installed on several of my front teeth, for cosmetic reasons. This year I realized it was time for a change , I went to Dr. Schmidt for a consultation this spring, and today I cannot stop smiling. Dr. Schmidt replaced the existing crowns , added 4 existing crowns on top, and eight veneers on the bottom teeth. It took 4 painless procedures to give me the confidence to smile again.
  • I felt that my comfort and concerns were the most important issue at hand! Your entire office made me feel important instead of the other way around. Thank you. I have always feared the dentist and also have an irrational fear of loosing all my teeth like my parents. To all of you, thanks, for making me feel important today. Your professional and comforting office deserves to be commended.
    Robert D.
  • Thank you for all of the work that you performed through the Donated Dental Services Program. Thank you for your continued Donated Dental Work. I greatly appreciate what you have done as well as what you have continued to do.

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