It’s important to see your dentist regularly. We will be able to catch any problems going on in your mouth before they become serious complications. Unfortunately for many Americans, the fear of seeing a dentist is debilitating enough that they won’t see their dentist at all. This can lead to serious complications down the road, especially if you have problems already starting in your mouth.
Sedation Dentistry Helps
If you suffer from dental anxiety and fear, you can rest assured that there are ways your dentist can use to calm those fears. One of the most common and popular ways to overcome your dental anxiety is through sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is a form of dentistry that uses a form of medication or sedative to calm you down while sitting in the dentist’s chair. The level of sedation depends on the procedure and what you’re comfortable taking, but the different levels of sedation are as follows:
- Light Sedation – You will typically receive light sedation in the form of a gas, also known as laughing gas. This doesn’t incapacitate you in any way. Instead, the laughing gas calms your nerves enough that you feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair. This type of sedation is used to calm you down enough to get through normal checkups and the administration of local anesthetic for simple procedures like fillings.
- Mild Sedation – Administered orally or intravenously, mild sedation will calm you down more than laughing gas. Typically reserved for patients that have a greater fear of the dentist, mild sedation is used to help you transition to a state just before unconsciousness. As such, you typically aren’t able to drive yourself home after the appointment.
- Heavy Sedation – Heavy sedation, also known as general anesthesia, will transition you to complete unconsciousness. This type of sedation is only reserved for large procedures such as root canal treatment or oral surgery. Like mild sedation, you won’t be able to drive until after the sedation has worn off.
Sedation Shouldn’t Scare You
While having a dentist administer sedatives to you may sound just as scary as sitting in the chair itself, you can rest assured knowing the sedation dentistry is all about calming your fears. We want you to feel comfortable going to your appointments, and through sedation dentistry, you can achieve that.
The whole purpose behind dental sedation is to make you feel comfortable enough to have anesthetic administered in your mouth in order to make it through some of the more uncomfortable procedures. Most of the time, this sedation will come in the form of laughing gas or oral sedatives before any anesthetic is applied. This gives you enough time to feel calm and relaxed before anything starts.
Talk to Your Dentist
Before you consent to sedation dentistry, it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist about the process and implications it may carry. Not everyone is a right fit for sedation dentistry, and your dentist will be able to make that judgement when it comes to you specifically. If you think dental sedation is right for you, call your us today to schedule an appointment and get back into the office for a positive change.