The fear of the dentist is a real one. Millions of people fail to get necessary dental care because they are afraid of going to the dentist. If you suffer from a fear of the dentist or anxiety surrounding dental care, then sedation dentistry can help you get the care you need for your teeth, all while taking care of you. Here are some frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry.
What are some reasons why people get sedation dentistry?
Some patients have a fear of needles. Others may fear certain dental procedures, tools and tooth extractions. Some patients have a sensitive gag reflex. Others have physical discomfort while sitting in the treatment chair or are going to have a lengthy treatment and need something to soothe them. Some patients have a generalized fear of dentists or may have experienced a traumatic experience with a past dentist, which would make them anxious when thinking about their next dental appointment.
What kinds of sedation are available?
There are three forms of sedation – oral sedatives, intravenous sedation and nitrous oxide – that offer various levels of relaxation based on your needs. Patients are conscious with all three forms of sedation.
What is oral sedation?
Oral sedation consists of prescription pills that are administered before the procedure. Patients will remain awake and responsive but relaxed and sleepy during their dental treatment.
What is intravenous sedation?
Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is provided through an IV and works quickly. The level of sedation can be adjusted throughout the patient’s procedure. If necessary, an anesthetic reversal agent called OraVerse will help the patient come out of anesthesia quickly and safely.
What is nitrous oxide?
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered with oxygen through a mask that is placed over the patient’s nose. It’s mild sedation that wears off quickly and is a good option for patients who want to relax and have minor dental anxiety.
If you have dental anxiety or just want to make your experience more comfortable, call our office at 713-425-1302 to learn more about sedation dentistry.