There are many reason people avoid going to the dentist office, ranging from finances and dental insurance coverage to fear and embarrassment. But there’s one specific reason an estimated 30 to 40 million adults in the U.S. avoid going to the dentist’s office: it’s fear. Even when people understand that their fear of the dentist is irrational, it can still be hard for them to overcome that fear and get the dental care they need. However, sedation dentistry can minimize that fear and can make your next dental appointment stress-free.
Light to Moderate Sedation (Oral Sedation and Laughing Gas)
Feeling a little jittery ahead of your appointment? Dentist offices commonly offer light to moderate sedation options that can be administered in pill form, typically referred to as oral sedation, or via nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, pumped through a face mask.
These sedation options won’t put you to sleep during your procedure, in all likelihood, but they will slow down your response time and ultimately slow down your racing mind.
Moderate to Deep Sedation (IV Sedation)
Got a long procedure plan or is your anxiety severe? Ask your dentist about IV sedation, in which a sedative is administered intravenously, through the veins, via an IV line.
This form of sedation is often preferred because of its ability to be tailored to each patient’s needs. You can get the perfect dose that’s been measured out based on your current health, medical history, weight, body composition and the length of the procedure you need.
For those anxious about pain, even from procedures as routine as a teeth cleaning, local anesthesia offers them a way to get the pain off their mind. With the mouth numbed of pain, patients can get through their procedure comfortably and without the worry of encountering discomfort during their time in the chair.
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