Dr. McElroy is thick-skinned. Most dentists have to be because so many people won’t have anything to do with them. No matter how friendly or reassuring or competent the dentist is—and Dr. McElroy is all of the above—these people simply cannot overcome their fear of all things dental. Dr. McElroy and his team at Smiles by Design understand, but we also know that if you haven’t seen the dentist in a long time then your oral, dental and even general health might be paying the price. That’s why you need to schedule a visit with Dr. McElroy, the sedation dentist in Encinitas.
As a sedation dentist in Encinitas, Dr. McElroy is a certified member and graduate of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is trained to help fearful and anxious patients have the dental treatments they need with the aid of sedation. Dr. McElroy is certified to provide two different types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Depending on your level of fear or anxiety, Dr. McElroy will be able to select the type of sedation that is appropriate for you.
Some of our patients at Smiles by Design manage to get themselves to our office despite their anxiety, but then once they arrive those “abdominal butterflies” take flight! If this is you, then Dr. McElroy is likely to recommend nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide settles your nerves and creates an overall feeling of calm and relaxation throughout the body.
Once you’re seated in the exam chair, we’ll place a small plastic mask over your nose. As you breathe normally, a measured amount of nitrous oxide and oxygen are inhaled. In a matter of seconds, the gas enters your system and you begin to feel more tranquil. Then, when your appointment is over, the mask is removed and the effects wear off in a minute or two so you can go about your normal daily tasks.
For our patients whose dental fears are little more serious, there is oral conscious sedation. With this treatment, Dr. McElroy prescribes a mild sedative pill that you’ll take at a designated time before your appointment. Taking a sedative, of course, prohibits you from driving so you will need to ask a friend or relative to transport you to and from our office. During your appointment, you will be conscious so Dr. McElroy and his team can talk to you. However, many patients feel as if they’ve slept right through their dental care.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule a long overdue visit with the dentist, contact Smiles by Design in Encinitas, CA.