Have you spent several months postponing an important visit to the dentist, because of a longstanding fear of dentistry, or simply uncertainty about what restorative treatment will entail? Have you actually avoided years’ worth of preventive care, all because of your dental anxiety? If so, there is hope. Sedation dentistry is an effective way for most patients to get the dental treatment they need, without the debilitating fear that can make it so difficult. This can allow you to enjoy a healthy smile, once again.
Keep Calm and Comfortable with Sedation Dentistry
Whether you are concerned that your smile could be in need of restorative treatment, or overdue for a preventive appointment, if you feel too nervous to go to the dentist because of anxiety, sedation could be an effective help.
Sedation dentistry includes oral sedatives, which can be taken prior to a visit, as well as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” as it is commonly called. Both can help keep patients calm and comfortable during dental treatment, and are safe for the vast majority of patients. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly, allowing most patients to return to school or work after treatment.
In the case of more extensive treatments, IV sedation may also be recommended or required, however most patients are able to receive the dental care they need with one of the less invasive options, aforementioned.
Your Smile Can Get the Care It Needs without the Fear You Don’t
Sedation can be used to help patients overcome general dental anxiety, and it can also help keep people calm and comfortable during moderate to extensive restorative treatment. Perhaps best of all, there are several options available, designed to suit a wide range of needs, from addressing minor anxiety to physical limitations that make it otherwise impossible to sit still for dental treatment.