Mild sedation options can help ease your dental phobia
If you experience anxiety over visiting the dentist, you may have dental phobia. Dental phobia affects millions of people and can lead to gum disease, severe decay and even tooth loss. If you or someone you know has dental phobia, it might be time to consider receiving a mild sedative during your visit to our office.
Dental phobia presents itself as a genuine fear of the dentist. Receiving mild sedation can calm your fears and provide you with the confidence needed to visit a dentist regularly and make your health a top priority again.
How do I know if I could benefit from mild sedation?
- You have a low pain threshold
- You experience fear and anxiety at the thought of dental work
- You have teeth that are naturally sensitive
- You need oral surgery
- You need more than one filling or crown procedure performed during a visit
- Your teeth are prone to cavities
- You have ADD or ADHD and you find it challenging to sit still for a long period of time
If you can relate to any of these listed statements, a mild sedative during your visit can help you fully relax and trust your dentist.
What are the advantages of mild sedation for dental phobia?
You can save money by being empowered to relax for a longer period to receive multiple fillings or crowns instead of having to visit for several appointments that could end up costing you more money. With a mild sedative, you will also be able to visit the dentist without fear, resulting in fewer future dental health problems that could cost more money in the long run.
Mild sedation techniques are completely safe for all ages.
You will have a higher pain threshold because your nerves will be dulled, you will not be as alert or stressed, and you will also receive a local anesthetic at the treatment site.
You can smile more confidently because you will have healthier, whiter and generally more attractive teeth.
How are treatments for anxiety administered?
There are a few ways to receive sedatives before a dental procedure. We will discuss each option with you beforehand so we can decide on the best option for your needs. Some of the most common options are listed below.
- Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide and oxygen are administered at the same time through a mask that covers your nose. This form of sedation is also referred to as laughing gas. It helps patients relax while keeping them alert enough to follow directions from the dentist. “Laughing gas” is safe for children and wears off immediately following the removal of the mask.
- Oral sedatives. This form of sedation is typically taken orally via a pill or liquid. Its effects range from mild to moderate, and patients should take the medication right before their treatment or the night before, depending on the directions given.
- IV sedation. IV sedation works more quickly than other forms of sedation because it will be administered intravenously (through your veins). IV sedation provides moderate to deep sedation.
- General anesthesia is the deepest form of sedation. With general anesthesia, patients will be completely asleep during their procedure. This methods of sedation are typically reserved for more serious procedures or oral surgery.
To learn more about how we can help you deal with anxiety during dental visits, contact us at our south Denver dental office. Visiting for regular dental check ups can benefit your finances and your health, and it can lead to a happier and longer life.