Greetings Monroe! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of the Bayou Dental Group. We hope you’re ready for the holiday season because it’s already here! It seems like only a couple days ago that we were sending our children back to school, yet somehow 2016 is just a few short weeks away.

The holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year for a reason. There’s all sorts of magical memories to be made, holiday presents to be bought, trees to be decorated, and delicious foods to be cooked. But the holidays can also have their share of stress involved.

For many people, the biggest stress is simply the crowds of people. From the grocery stores to the department stores, every place is quite busy. Then there’s the stress of planning the logistics of the holidays. Who’s cooking dinner? Where’s your brother-in-law going to sleep when your sister visits? What do you buy for your spouse?

Holiday stress can easily be compounded by a problem with your oral health. If you have a toothache, or notice your gums bleedings, you might be so busy that you just hope they go away. But even the hustle of the holiday season is not an excuse to put off your oral health. Without proper treatment, small problems can turn into larger, more expensive, and more painful problems.

At Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we want you to know that you can always escape the holiday stress at our comfortable and modern office. Even if you are nervous or fearful of undergoing dental work, we can work with you to provide solutions for your oral health. We are specially equipped to care for nervous and fearful patients thanks to sedation dentistry.

What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients relax and unwind both before their treatment and during their treatment. Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for the millions of Americans who are scared of visiting the dentist. University research has shown that as many as half of all adults avoid visiting the dentist due to fear. Another fifth of the population only visits the dentist when they absolutely have to.

Sedation dentistry is way for us to change all of that. At the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we offer oral sedation dentistry. What is oral sedation dentistry? Simple, we prescribe you a medicine to combat your anxiety and fear during your treatment. You take your prescription shortly before your appointment, then set back and relax.

At Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA, we often prescribe Halcyon or Restoril for use with oral sedation dentistry. Both these medications are oral sedatives which help you feel calm and relaxed during your dental treatment. These medications may even induce a light sleep in you.

However, oral sedation dentistry has several advantages over putting you to sleep before a treatment. You can respond to instructions and communicate with your dentist during your procedure. Should you fall asleep, your sleep is so light that we can easily wake you if needed.

Oral sedation dentistry doesn’t require any painful needles, if you can swallow a pill, you can undergo oral sedation dentistry. After taking the pill, a wave of relaxation will follow in just a few minutes. This makes it an excellent option for both nervous patients, or patients who need to undergo a lengthy treatment. Because you’ll feel relaxed, we can often accomplish more work in less time than if you weren’t sedated.

But oral sedation dentistry is just one way we try to make you feel more comfortable at the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA. Our entires staff is trained to be positive and pleasant during your entire treatment. If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them. And we’ll never lecture you – even if it’s been awhile since you visited the dentist.

Make An Appointment

We know the holidays are an extremely busy time of the year. But don’t lose sight of your oral health! Make an appointment with the Bayou Dental Group in Monroe, LA. If you are nervous or fearful about undergoing dental work, we’ll be happy to tell you more about oral sedation dentistry. Call us today at 318-302-4236.