Would you like to relax more when you go to your dentist? Whether you have a strong dental phobia or you simply want to reduce your stress during dental procedures, our sedation dentistry services might be right for you. We can make you more comfortable while you have the dental work done you need to keep your teeth strong and healthy and your smile looking its best.
Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?
Some dental patients suffer from fear or anxiety when having dental work. In fact for some, the feeling of stress begins before they even arrive at the dental office. This can lead to a number of negative consequences. What happens very often is that people will be so overwhelmed with fear that they avoid coming in to the dental office even for routine checkups. And while topical and injectable anesthetics can relieve the physical discomfort associated with dental procedures, they do nothing to relieve your fears or help you relax.
Your dentist can prescribe you an oral sedative to bring home and take before your dental visit. This relaxes you before you come into the dental office to reduce the very fears that can keep you away. Oral sedatives can also be used while you’re in the dentist’s chair to further relieve your anxiety. While these medications may not be enough for you if you have an intense dental phobia, they can be quite effective for dental anxiety.
You may have heard people call nitrous oxide “laughing gas.” And, while you probably won’t break out in chuckles, you will feel considerably more at ease if you choose this form of conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is a gas your dentist administers through a mask that fits over your nose. The dentist regulates the amount of gas you get to keep you both safe and comfortable. Many patients choose nitrous oxide and have a much better dental experience because of it.
Some dentists study and become certified to provide IV sedation. If you have a full-fledged dental phobia, this might be the right option for you. Although you are completely relaxed, your dentist ensures that you don’t fall asleep while he or she is doing the dental work. Since you sail easily through your dental experience, you’re more likely to return for checkups and cleanings and when you need unexpected dental care.
Unless you have the most severe type of dental phobia, your dentist will probably suggests other alternatives besides general anesthesia. If you do have a dental phobia that’s so bad it keeps you away from dentists for years, it might be a good idea to go ahead and have this form of sedation that puts you to sleep while the dental procedures are going on.