Dental anxieties and phobias are more common than most people think. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is a solution to help you feel more comfortable when you visit our dentist. Sedation dentistry increases patient comfort, quells feelings of fear and worry, and can help you establish more positive associations with dental visits.
What does sedation dentistry entail?
There are different types of sedation dentistry. The mildest form of sedation dentistry is drug-free and involves the administration of nitrous oxide, which is often called “laughing gas”.
Nitrous oxide has been used in medical and dental settings for about a century. It provides warm, calming feelings and can help relieve discomfort. After treatment, nitrous oxide wears off quickly, which means that it won’t affect a person’s ability to drive or return to work/school.
Another common type of sedation dentistry involves taking prescription medication orally. These medications normally come from a class of anti-anxiety drugs.
Patients will take their prescription about an hour before their appointment so that they arrive feeling relaxed and calm. Oral sedation dentistry is beneficial to those who have dental phobias or for those who have had negative experiences in the past. Those receiving oral sedation will need to arrange for a ride to and from their appointment.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
Many people can benefit from sedation. This comfort amenity is especially helpful to those who have pronounced phobias and fears of dental settings and treatments. It’s also beneficial to those who have a hard time remaining still through longer procedures.
Some patients who come to us have had negative past experiences – typically during childhood. Utilizing sedation dentistry can help people develop comfortable and relaxing experiences in dental settings so that over time, their uneasiness toward oral healthcare is diminished. This helps patients enjoy the quality oral care they need and deserve without stress and fear.
Sedation dentistry can help manage discomfort, too. This is because oral sedation relaxes the central nervous system and eases tension.
If you suffer with dental phobias and anxiety, we encourage you to ask our team if sedation dentistry is right for you. Call Tate Family Dentistry at your convenience to ask questions or schedule an appointment.