There are lots of people who come to the dentist with a little bit of nerves, or even avoid seeing their dentist because of anxiety. You might even be one of those people! But, you shouldn’t ignore your teeth and their health, even if you are nervous about the dentist. Often, fear takes over, making you feel like things are worse than they really are. Ignoring your dental health can negatively impact other aspects of your health, but what do you do? Having sedation during your dental visit can help nervous people have better dental appointments.
By listening to your concerns and explaining what we’re doing, we can help you understand what is happening before it happens so you can feel more in control and experience less anxiety or fear.
Some patients may need a little something more than just talk, though. Sedation can help those patients relax and is often useful for patients who:
- Need a large amount of dental work
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have trouble sitting still during a visit
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have a low pain tolerance
We consider the different degrees of sedation available, depending on the needs of the patient and what type of procedure will be performed. Often, your dentist can discuss all of the options with you and help you find an option that will fit what you need.
There are two types of sedation we will consider and discuss with you:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Anti-anxiety medication
The truth is that sedation is extremely helpful in many dental cases. It can help subdue feelings of fear and anxiety that may arise during visits with the dentist and help you realize that your fear may be unfounded. And, patients who have sedation dentistry are often more confident about having dental appointments in the future, so it’s a win-win. Sedation could be a great option for you if you experience anxiety before or during your dentist appointments.