Calming Your Nerves with Sedation Dentistry
Visiting the dentist is often scary, but there are ways to help relax you when you are at the dentist. We offer a range of sedation dentistry options to help patients avoid the panic that often comes with dental procedures and finally get the smile you want without the stress.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental anxiety is common, and according to the Academy of General Dentistry, 40 million Americans suffer from this phobia. Dental phobia keeps you from going to the dentist and getting the procedures you need to keep your mouth healthy. Sedation dentistry uses medications or N20/ ‘Laughing Gas’ to sedate you during your dentist visit. This puts you in a relaxed mood, so you are able to get your dental work done without the stress of visiting the dentist. There are different types of sedation and different levels, but all of them make your dentist visit more pleasant.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Our dentists are DOCS-certified, so you know you are in the right hands for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a incredible procedure if you are worried about going to the dentist. Consider sedation dentistry if:
- You feel nervous about visiting the dentist
- This fear keeps you from visiting the dentist and causes you to avoid dental care
- Your fear has actually kept you from going to the dentist for years
- You require long dental procedures
- You need a lot of dental procedures and want to get them all done at once
- You have trouble holding your mouth open for long periods of time
If you feel that any of these describes you, then you are a perfect candidate to consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry will relieve your nerves and let you finally get the dental work you need for a healthy and beautiful smile.
N20 - 'Laughing Gas'
Depending on your level of fear and your needs, Dr’s Damon and Baxley will choose the right sedation method for you. N2O or laughing gas is just one option. It is a gas that is inhaled during the entire procedure. N2O gives you a feeling of calmness and makes you feel safe. The benefit to N20/Laughing Gas is that it wears off quickly, so you are able to return to normal activities immediately after your dental procedure.
Oral sedation is a pill you take before treatment. Much like with N2O, you are awake, but you are not aware of the dental procedure, making your visit enjoyable instead of scary. If you choose oral sedation, you must have someone to drive them home because oral sedation does not wear of quickly. However, by the evening of your appointment, the oral sedation should be worn off, letting you return to normal activities.
If you have an extreme phobia and/or need serious procedures done, IV sedation may be the best option. With IV sedation, medication is injected into your bloodstream. You are still awake, but it is common to fall asleep because you are so calm and relaxed during your procedure. For IV sedation, you must have a ride to and from our office, and it is best to have someone stay with you in the evening. You are able to return to your normal activities the day after treatment.