Dental anxiety is an incredibly common problem, for patients of all ages. If your fear of the dentist has prevented you from receiving necessary dental care, you’re all too familiar with how frustrating this anxiety can be. Dental phobia can lead to missed exams and more serious dental problems in the future. Prevention is the best course of action, and if you’re not visiting the office twice a year you don’t have the same opportunity to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Sedation dentistry changes that. With the aid of sedation, you can receive dental care without your heart racing and without your nerves on edge. If you’ve been uncomfortable in the dentist’s office before, reach out to our team so that we can discuss your sedation options. Don’t be uncomfortable bringing up your dental anxiety – end the cycle by engaging with new, more positive experiences in the office.
If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, you’re familiar with local anesthesia. These shots of anesthetic numb the treatment area so that you don’t experience pain during the procedure. But for some patients, anesthesia alone is not enough. Maybe they have a fear of needles, so receiving those shots is stressful. Or maybe they have a sensitive gag reflex, and are nervous about having a choking sensation during treatment. Or maybe their teeth are extremely sensitive, and the anesthesia doesn’t feel like it will be adequate to prevent discomfort.
Patients in any of those situations will benefit from dental sedation. While anesthesia prevents pain signals from reaching your brain, sedation ensures that you remain calm. There are many different options for sedation, and our team will work with you to determine which one is appropriate for your needs and your anxiety level.
It’s important to note that you will need to speak with a member of our team to receive a personal recommendation for sedation. That said, there are certain groups that benefit most from dental sedation. Some of these include:
With sedation, you have the opportunity to change your experience in the office. Even if you have had uncomfortable or negative dental treatments in the past, experiencing treatment anew with a fresh perspective will transform your overall anxiety. You will be able to move forward knowing that dental care can be comfortable, and even pleasant.
Please keep in mind that if you are receiving sedation, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.
If you are interested in sedation, please reach out so that we can determine your ideal option.