Have you spent years avoiding the dentist’s office, due to a general anxiety about dental care? Whether it has been caused by negative past experiences or simply uncertainty about what kind of treatment your smile might need, currently, and even if it is caused by generalized anxiety, did you know that sedation dentistry offers a solution that could help you get the preventive and restorative dental treatment you need? Many patients benefit from sedation dentistry, as it allows them to get the care their smiles need, safely, comfortably, and while keeping calm!
Sedation is a Safe and Effective Solution for Many Patients
Many dentists estimate that nearly 90 percent of their patients qualify for some form of sedative, whether it be an oral sedative, nitrous oxide (often called laughing gas), or even IV sedation, which is only rarely necessary.
For most patients, either taking a pill prior to their appointment, or “laughing gas” can help them overcome any fears they may have, and also to avoid discomfort during any extensive restorative dental treatments, such as the placing of a dental crown or even a tooth-colored filling.
How Do You Know What’s Right for You?
In order to determine if you could benefit from sedation dentistry, and if so what kind would be best for you, it is best to schedule a consultation with your general dentist. The two of you can then devise a plan based on the extent of treatment you need, as well as the severity of your anxiety.
Taking into account your current health and medical history is also necessary to make sure the best solution is chosen.