Have you spent years avoiding the dentist, because of moderate to severe dental anxiety? Are you worried that you might be in need of restorative treatment, because of how long you have avoided checkups and cleanings? Many people don’t realize that sedation dentistry can actually help many patients safely and effectively conquer their dental anxiety, in order to receive the preventive and restorative dental care necessary to maintain a healthy smile over time. So if you are ready to conquer your dental fear, and to get your teeth and gums the care they need, why not ask your dentist if sedation could help?
Sedation is a Safe and Effective Way to See the Dentist
From oral sedatives, which can be taken prior to a dental appointment, to nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, there are actually a number of safe and effective ways a dentist might be able to help you conquer anxiety and keep you comfortable during restorative dental treatment.
To determine if sedation could be effective for you, and if so, which one of these treatments might be best for you, schedule an appointment with your dentist. The two of you should discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking. Then the dentist can help determine how to best keep you comfortable and calm leading up to your appointment.
Keep Comfortable During and After Restoration
In rare cases, such as during extensive oral surgery, an intravenous (I.V.) sedative might be necessary. However, for the vast majority of patients, an oral sedative or laughing gas can be used as a less extreme alternative.