The Dental Group - How Sedation Helps Anxious Patients

Dental fear and anxiety are common amongst patients. Whether traumatized in their youth or harboring a growing fear in adulthood, patients with dental anxiety often avoid visiting the dentist. Neglecting this aspect of your oral health can cause lingering dental concerns to develop into more significant issues. The long-term negative side effects of avoiding dental care can result in permanent damage to oral tissues and teeth.

Sedation dentistry allows patients to undergo procedures in a relaxed state, bypassing the onset of anxiety. Sedation lessens a patient’s awareness of the experience and allows them to remain calm and comfortable through the length of treatment.

Types of Dental Sedation

Different methods of sedation are made available by most dental practitioners offering sedation dentistry. The method utilized will depend upon your dental professional’s preferences, as well as the intensity of your anxiety.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation is what most patients commonly refer to as “laughing gas.” It’s a great option for those who suffer from mild dental anxiety. Nitrous allows a patient to remain comfortable enough during treatment without putting them to sleep. 

Oral Conscious Sedation is a prescription pill taken in advance of your appointment. Your dental health professional will write a prescription for your visit, which you will fill and take prior to your visit. This method of sedation can be mild or moderate depending on the dosage prescribed.

Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious Sedation can be administered without needing needles, so if a patient is also fearful of needles, it’s likely that one of these two methods will be used.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation allows your dental professional to inject a sedative directly into an IV for immediate sedative effects. This method of sedation is most effective when patients apprehensive about undergoing extensive treatment. Patients who receive IV sedation often have no recollection of their visit.

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

For those who experience dental anxiety, avoiding treatment can cause certain dental conditions to worsen. Sedation dentistry has little to no side effects, offering a safe, relaxing workaround to managing dental fear. It can also be initiated with little to no pain, making it less traumatic. Above all, it curbs your fears long enough for your dental professional to deliver quality care.

Want to learn more about sedation dentistry? Call The Dental Group in Riverdale Park today. We’d love to hear from you.

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