Have you ever been afraid of the dentist? Going to the dentist, even just for a checkup, can be a terrifying experience for some. But as we all know, our fears are not normally something we can control. To be fair, dentistry is one of those trades that use a lot of sharp tools, needles, and scary sounds. When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put something that sounds like a power drill in your mouth. We know we can be scary. And that’s why we offer sedation dentistry.
What is sedation dentistry?
To ease that fear, many patients elect to participate in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can be administered in one of three ways: inhalation, intravenous, or oral medication. The first, also known as “laughing gas,” is a tried-and-true method that’s been around for quite a while. It is very effective and entirely safe.
Intravenous provides a steady dose of sedative until the end of the procedure, but it does require a needle that goes into your skin. For those already nervous about dental tools, or have a fear of needles this isn’t the best option.
In the U.S., many patients opt to take their sedative orally. It comes either in pill or liquid form, depending on the procedure. It’s exceptionally common and helps many people get the dental work that they want without having to experience a panic attack.
What types of sedation do we offer?
At the Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we use a personalized, custom sedation plan that accounts for each person’ needs and fears.
We use the latest sedation techniques, including nitrous oxide (known as laughing gas), oral-conscious sedation and IV sedation. The type of sedation you may want to use depends on several factors including the type of procedure we are helping you with, your personal level of discomfort and your safety.
The fear of the dentist is a very real thing. It is nothing to be ashamed of and it is not rare. Over 50% of Americans have a serious fear of the dentist. We do not want that fear to prevent you from quality dental care. Your health and comfort is at the heart of everything we do. If being sedated will help you to relax and trust us to care for your oral health then it is the right decision for you.
Annual appointments and preventative dental care is essential to your overall health. Avoiding your dentist can result in long-term, permanent dental damage. Learn more about our sedation options here.