Dread the dentist?
Avoiding the dentist? If a trip to the dentist makes you squirm, you’re not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. At Clements Ferry Dentistry, you can relax in the dental chair with sedation. Come in, get the treatment you need and forget it even happened!
More people are afraid of dentistry than heights, snakes and physical injuries, so it’s a common fear. But what causes dental anxiety? It can be due to a bad dental experience as a child, a history of anxiety or the general association of pain and dental work.
To eliminate dental fear, the American Dental Association (ADA), suggests talking to your dentist, but there is another proven method for combating dental anxiety: sedation dentistry.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are multiple types of sedation dentistry and your dentist will help you determine which is right for you, depending on your dental fear or anxiety level.
The main goal is to help you feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. Here are the three most common types of sedation
- IV sedation: The most popular choice by dentist and patients for complex procedures, IV sedation is a form of moderate or deep sedation that uses an injected liquid, usually administered through the veins on the top of your hand or inner elbow. IV sedation helps control anxiety and peacefulness throughout the procedure.
- Oral sedation: Taken by mouth in the form of medication, oral sedation is ideal for reducing or eliminating pain during routine procedures. It also helps patients feel calm and relaxed with very little risk of complications.
- Nitrous oxide: Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a form of mild sedation inhaled through the nose that distracts you from your environment and any pain.
- Local anesthesia: This type of sedation numbs a small area in the mouth via an injection or cream and is usually combined with another form of sedation.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
While sedation dentistry doesn’t actually put you to sleep, it does help you relax, eliminates pain and results in stress-free procedure for both the patient and the dentist. In fact, most patients don’t even remember the procedure! Best of all, sedation dentistry helps your mouth heal quicker and lowers the risk of any side effects.
Who May Need Sedation Dentistry
Here are a few examples of patients who should consider sedation dentistry:
- Patients who need extensive surgical work
- Patients who have bad gag reflux or limited jaw opening
- Patients who are anxious or afraid and have dental fears
- Patients who have limited dental experience (such as young children)
If you’d like to know more about Sedation Dentistry, schedule a consultation with us today!