Do you or a family member suffer from dental anxiety? If you answered "yes," then you are not alone. Over half of the population has dental fear or anxiety: from people who feel slight discomfort, to those who are so terrified they can't step foot in a dental office. Robertsdale Dental Care understands each person's dental anxiety is unique, and we know that it is real.
We are able to alleviate those feelings of fear and anxiety with Sedation Dentistry and by giving our patients the personalized care they need.
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Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who experience dental anxiety. The more comfortable our patients are during their visits, the better they can receive the dental care that they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy. We find that patients that use oral conscious sedation become less apprehensive about making and keeping appointments, and sometimes no longer need sedation dentistry with subsequent dental visits.
When patients know that they can relax through dental treatment without feeling fearful, patients find the prospect of dental care is actually possible. Some of the advantages associated with sedation dentistry are:
Anxiety is alleviated
Few side effects
We can accomplish more, reducing the number of visits
Safe and pain-free
Sedation dentistry is popular because in most cases the sedative is remarkably effective that a patient is unable to recall details afterward.
Different levels of sedation can be utilized depending on the best way we can help a patient relax. Before administering any sedative, we will review the full medical history of a patient, taking note of any current medications and other issues.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.
It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being, relieving anxiety, and reduces pain during the procedure.
There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide including a light tingling and numbness that may be felt. Nitrous is easily cleared out of your body and you are able to drive and function without any lasting effects. Nitrous has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who are anxious about dental visits.
We prescribe oral medication that is taken prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Some patients sleep with this type of sedation and others notice a dullness of their senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells, or noises associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken the night before, 30-minutes prior to the appointment, and then again during the procedure as required.
After the procedure is completed most patients continue to feel groggy. That is why we require you to have a designated driver to and from the appointment.
Safety and compliance are two essential aspects of any dental treatment;
sedation dentistry satisfies both.
Through advanced continuing education classes and programs, Jason Northcutt, DMD is dedicated to bringing the best care to his patients. Dr. Northcutt is a graduate student of Dr. Istvan Urban, Urban Regeneration Institute, member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry, graduate of Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education, member of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the South Baldwin Dental Study Club. He received his Sedation Certification in 2004 from the University of Alabama Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Jason Northcutt is a lifelong resident of Alabama, and has lived on the gulf coast since 1997 after graduating from University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University (1993) and currently resides on his farm in Silverhill, Alabama.
Most of all, Dr. Northcutt brings kindness and understanding to dental medicine, helping to restore patients' confidence, and helping them to achieve better health and happiness.
Lindsey Taylor, DMD, grew up in Satsuma, Alabama. Formerly Lindsey Sharp, She graduated as Salutatorian from Satsuma High School in 2001. She attended Spring Hill College, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Biology. Dr. Taylor attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry, earning her dental degree in 2009. Following dental school, Lindsey and her husband moved to Galveston, TX where she completed a medical residency and she began her career as a general dentist.
Dr. Taylor offers a wide variety of general dentistry treatment options and is a member of the American Dental Association, staying up to date with latest changes and updates in dentistry through continuing education courses.
Lindsey is thrilled to be a part of the outstanding team at Robertsdale Dental Care. She enjoys getting to know her patients, and making them feel comfortable throughout their treatment. Her goal is to treat each patient with the same respect, gentleness, and patience that she would her own family and friends.
Relief from your dental issue and from the anxiety that often accompanies dental problems is at the heart of Robertsdale Dental Care.
Robertsdale Dental Care understands your issue, including the emotions that can surround dental health. We long to offer kindness and comfort to fellow humans. Regardless of what makes you "you," we welcome you here.
Our hygienists and dental assistant staff have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
We recognize and know that many patients experience dental anxiety. We're here to help. We have multiple sedation options to help make sure your experience is enjoyable, and we always communicate what to expect.
Our dental assistant staff and hygienists have an average of 15 years of experience. Including the doctors, we have a combined 236 years of dental health practice.
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