At least 30% of Americans fear going to the dentist and as a result often avoid both routine and necessary dental care. However, the recent growth in awareness and popularity of sedation dentistry in Palm Harbor, particularly oral sedation (taking a sedative pill before your visit), has proven very successful in overcoming the fear and anxiety many feel when facing a trip to the dentist. For others oral sedation, as well as more traditional methods (Inhalation and I.V. Sedation), has simplified and made more pleasant their regular routine of dental care. Generally, sedation dentistry is performed under one of four methods.
In the case of oral sedation the patient takes a sedative in pill form before arriving at the dentist office, the prescription for which can be filled at your nearest pharmacy.
Dr. Caputo earned his certification in Intravenous Conscious Sedation from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995.
The most appropriate form of sedation for a particular patient is largely dependent on four factors:
See Dr. Caputo’s sedation dentistry fee structure for cost information.
What form of sedation dentistry is most appropriate in a given circumstance is determined in advance by Dr. Caputo in consultation with the patient.
Sedation dentistry, in all of its forms, can be used with every procedure performed by Dr. Caputo, including cleanings and cosmetic treatments.
By definition, sedation dentistry involves the use of a sedative, the sole purpose of which is to induce a state of calm and relaxation in the patient before, during and after treatment.
Whether a patient is prone to fear and anxiety or not, a sedative in the patient’s bloodstream overcomes a very natural and normal response to fearful situations, including heightened emotions, increased sensitivity to pain and in some cases, extreme anxiety.
Anyone with extreme anxiety and apprehension when facing a fearful situation is experiencing an absolutely normal and very human reaction, present in every individual. It is the degree to which these fears manifest themselves that make for difficult circumstances.
In short, anxiety and fear are a normal reaction when facing what one perceives to be a difficult situation; the use of sedative is an entirely appropriate and reasoned response in this circumstance.
It is normal for a patient to wonder about the possible side effects of taking a sedative, if even for a brief. Dr. Caputo and his Sedation Dentistry is extremely well versed in these areas and will take whatever time needed to answer your questions prior to your sedation appointment.
Common side effects associated with sedation dentistry are the same as any time you take a sedative, and often include the following:
There are no long term side effects associated with sedation dentistry, other than a more pleasant experience at the dentist office.
In addition to increased patient comfort before, during and after treatment, sedation dentistry, in all of its forms, provides additional benefits.
In addition to people prone to fear and anxiety over the prospect of visiting the dentist, sedation dentistry is particularly well suited for those who:
The growth in both the awareness and popularity of sedation dentistry, and in particular oral sedation, is directly due to the significant benefits the patient receives.
Dr. Caputo is a Dentist in Palm Harbor that welcomes the opportunity to discuss sedation dentistry and its potential benefits to you as a patient during your next visit.
We invite you to take advantage of Dr. Caputo’s “Special Offer”, which provides our Comprehensive Examination and Consultation for only $96. This offer is available to both our new and returning patients.
Comprehensive Examination & Initial Consultation with Dr. Caputo. five x-rays, oral and facial photographs. Includes a review of your general and oral health history, complete with a treatment and/or personal care plan.
To those who walk thru our door we pledge care. Our Mission and Goal is to provide honest, comprehensive and comfortable treatments. The focus of our attention is the satisfaction of our patients needs and desires to the best of our abilities. Commitment to our common goal of oral health and loyalty to one another is both given and needed to reach these highest of goals.Dr. Paul Caputo Meet Dr. Caputo
For more information on sedation dentistry treatments, visit our contact page, give us a call at 727.789.1333 or request an appointment now.
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Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A