Do you get a sinking feeling when you think about visiting the dentist? If you do, you’re far from alone. In fact, many people suffer from dental anxiety. In some instance, the mere idea of visiting the dentist for something as relatively simple and painless as a teeth cleaning can be a horrifying thought. Unfortunately, this can lead to patients ignoring their teeth until the feel the pain caused by an infection or more serious problems. Still, if you suffer from this problem, dental sedation could be the answer you need.
Fortunately, sedation dentistry has come a long way in recent years. There are many types of sedation, ranging from nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to oral pills. Stronger sedations can also be administered an IV in extreme cases. All of these methods work, but we recommend visiting our dentist for specific advice.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation, arguably because it’s safe for children and adults and because its effects wear off after only a few minutes. Similarly, administering nitrous oxide is simple—just breath normally through a mask that covers your nose.
A different sedation method is called oral sedation. If our dentist decides this method is best for you, you’ll be given a pill the night before your procedure. When you arrive at our practice the next morning, you’ll be given a second pill to help you fully relax. The downside to this option is that you won’t be able to drive home because the pills take some time to wear off. Similarly, IV sedation can be used to manage extreme cases.
With sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to treat your smile. If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to give Center For Dental Rehabilitation a call at 602.485.0505. Dr. Maureen Toal and our team are excited to hear from you!