Do dentist visits make you anxious? Dental related anxiety is very common—around 50% of people feel some degree of anxiety when they visit their dentist. However, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid seeing your dentist, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort from decay or infection.
Sedation dentistry offers the opportunity to feel relaxed and comfortable whenever you see your dentist, so you can get the dental care you need for healthy teeth and gums.
Even if you have a severe dental phobia, there are sedation options that can make you more comfortable during dental treatment. Some sedation options include:Nitrous oxide:
Also referred to as laughing gas, this is a safe option that’s available in most dental offices. The effects of the gas wear off nearly instantaneously, meaning you’ll be safe to drive yourself home after your treatment.Oral sedation:
This comes in the form of a pill that you take about an hour before your dental visit. You’ll be relaxed during your dental visit but will remain conscious. However, the sedative effects take some time to wear off, meaning you’ll need to arrange transportation home afterward.IV sedation:
With this method, a sedative is delivered via an intravenous injection. You’ll experience a deeper level of sedation, making it a great option for more intricate or lengthy procedures. You will need some recovery time after the procedure is over, and will need someone to provide you transportation home.General anesthesia:
When you have this kind of sedation you’re asleep for the duration of the dental procedure. You may receive either an intravenous injection, an inhalable gas, or both. After the procedure is over you’ll recover in the dental office, and will need someone to drive you home.
Sedation Dentistry for Kids
For children, sedation options are more or less the same as for adults. Typical options include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. For children who are unable to relax, who have special needs, or who are undergoing more complicated or lengthy procedures, general anesthetic may be needed.
If your child needs a general anesthetic, the procedure may be carried out in a hospital for the utmost safety.
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If dental anxiety is keeping you from visiting your dentist, or causing discomfort when you visit, our well-trained professionals at The Dental Group can help alleviate your concerns and help you feel relaxed, regardless of the type of treatment you are receiving. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact our office today to set up an appointment.