It has been estimated that 3 out of every 10 American adults avoids visits to the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Dental phobia is a serious condition that prevents people from getting the dental care they need. Without routine visits to the dentist office, patients can face tooth loss, gum disease, and oral cancers.
Dr. Amy Marckese opened the DentalSpa in Indianapolis, IN to help patients have a new outlook on visiting the dentist. Our office is designed to be relaxing and comfortable and looks, smell, or sounds nothing like a traditional dentist office. We offer complimentary spa amenities, nitrous oxide, and spend one-on-one time with patients to understand their personal concerns and to help them feel at ease.
Anxiety Free Dentistry in Indianapolis, IN
One of the ways that patients can feel the most comfortable is by having a fundamental understanding of their condition and treatment. Dr. Marckese takes time with each patient to fully explain why dental problems are happening and what she can do to fix them.
In addition, our staff is well trained to answer most of your questions including questions you might have about dental insurance or payment options. Our goal is to make your and your family’s experience as stress-free and easy as possible. If there is anything special we can do to make that happen, please let us know.
At DentalSpa, we like to practice general dentistry with an anxiety-free approach, helping patients feel calm, confident and in control while they receive treatment through a variety of means. With all of our spa amenities, you might forget you’re at the dentist. We have a professional masseuse to provide massages and paraffin wax treatment.
Our treatment rooms have TV and music with personal noise-canceling headphones. For many, this can reduce their anxious feelings and enable them to overcome dental fears without sedation. We’ll also send you home with a milkshake or smoothie after treatment!
We offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” to help you feel more relaxed during your procedure. It is a safe and effective sedation method that you will inhale through a small mask that will fit over your nose. The gas is mixed with oxygen, and you will inhale it throughout the entire appointment.
Nitrous oxide is extremely safe, and is only effective while you are inhaling it. It works by depressing the nervous system and inducing a state of relaxation and euphoria. The sedative also has mild pain-relieving properties. You will remain awake and alert throughout treatment.
Once the nose piece is removed, the effects of the laughing gas wear off quickly. You will be able to resume normal activities without feeling drowsy. Dr. Marckese can use it for several dental procedures ranging from routine cleanings to more complex treatments for anxious or fearful patients.
Dental Sedation: Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation dentistry is an invaluable tool we use to create a comfortable and stress-free experience in our dental practice. It is commonly used for those dental anxiety or phobia. Whether you’re curious about the types of sedation available, how they work, or their safety, our frequently asked questions aim to provide comprehensive insights into this aspect of dental care. Please read through our dental sedation FAQ section and contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
Can anyone get dental sedation options?
Yes, anyone who wants to feel more relaxed and calm at the dentist can elect to receive dental sedation. Dr. Amy may recommend sedation to ensure your comfort during your dental treatments. In many situations, patients can receive multiple procedures during one visit while being sedated.
Is inhaling nitrous oxide safe?
Yes, nitrous oxide is an extremely effective and safe dental tool we use. When administered by trained professionals in a dental setting, it helps patients receive necessary dental care. We have extensive experience providing this type of dental sedation in a safe setting. It has a long history of use and a reversible effect. The greatest benefit is you will recover quickly after the gas is discontinued. However, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions.
Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?
General anesthesia may be covered by your insurance plan as it may be a medical necessity. Although, always make sure to talk to your insurance plan provider to confirm coverage, and get pre-approval if possible. You can also give us a call for more specific information relating to your specific policy provider.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off quickly, immediately after we take the mask off. We will give you a few minutes to recover. However, some people may experience some lingering effects, such as dizziness or grogginess. You may have to wait an extra few minutes before engaging in activities like driving or eating until the side effects have completely subsided. The short recovery time is one of the advantages of using nitrous oxide in dental procedures.
Can I eat after dental sedation?
After receiving nitrous oxide, a common dental sedation method, you will be able to eat a normal diet. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, allowing you to resume normal activities, including eating. However, it’s advisable to wait until any numbness in the mouth has completely worn off to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.
Can nitrous oxide be used for children?
Yes, nitrous oxide is a common tool we use to help child receive dental care. It helps children relax and create a positive experience. This way, the child will have reduced anxiety during dental procedures. The gas is safe and wears off quickly, allowing children to resume normal activities after the appointment.
Will I remember the dental procedure after sedation dentistry?
While conscious during sedation dentistry, some individuals may have hazy or limited memories of the procedure. The level of awareness varies among patients. Sedation induces a relaxed state, reducing anxiety, and in some cases, patients may have little recollection of the dental experience.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Indianapolis, IN
If you are looking for a comprehensive family dentist in Indianapolis, IN near you, please contact us to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Amy Marckese. call us at 317-207-7171 or schedule an appointment online.