Would you rather jump out of an airplane than visit the dentist? Perhaps you would consider having dinner with your least favorite in-law over a regular routine cleaning with your oral hygienist? Or maybe you are one of us that makes every excuse in the book to avoid our worst nightmare: a simple trip to the dentist.
Dental phobia is extremely common. But it can also be extremely dangerous. So, stop neglecting your oral hygiene and relax! Your next trip to the dentist can be completely stress and anxiety-free! Sedation dentistry is a relatively new process that allows patients to receive the oral care they require without pain or discomfort. A variety of sedatives such as tranquilizers, depressants, nitrous oxide, or anti-anxiety medications can be administered at the time of your appointment to relax you and take away all of your worries.
While IV sedation was very popular in the past, most dentists now prefer oral sedation. This enables the patient to relax without indulging an equally common fear of needles. While you aren’t put completely to sleep – as with general anesthesia – the visit is often so relaxing that the patient doesn’t even remember what occurred! It is a beneficial way for the patient to get the dental work they need and the dentist to have a calm patient.
Ask a dentist in your area about sedation dentistry for your next visit. He or she can make your visit comfortable and worry-free!