If you have a phobia of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is one of the most common fears in the world.
This phobia can make going to the dentist something you are avoiding or postponing. Most people have mild anxiety about dental visits, but for some, dental anxiety is severe enough to interfere with regular dental checkups.
Fortunately, sedation dentistry is available to help patients with dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is any dental procedure that uses medication to help relax you. Several different sedation options exist, including oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide.
Sedation dentistry is used to treat patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedation medications that relax the patient, allowing them to complete their treatment comfortably.
Patients who experience dental anxiety or dental phobia may avoid seeking dental care altogether or may delay or postpone treatment. This can lead to advanced dental issues that require more extensive treatment. Sedation dentistry can be used to help patients receive treatment that they would otherwise be unable to tolerate.
Here are the major reasons for which you should consider sedation dentistry:
There are several reasons that patients find dental visits to be stressful. Fear of pain is one of the most common, but anxiety or embarrassment can also play a role. With sedation dentistry, all of these concerns can be relieved.
Getting treatment from a dentist who uses sedation dentistry means you typically won’t have to worry about needles or drills. Instead, your dentist will be able to complete your procedure using a sedative that relaxes you and puts you into a deep sleep.
Sedation dentistry is effective at relaxing patients to feel calm and comfortable during dental treatments. Many patients avoid necessary dental procedures because they are afraid of visiting the dentist. With sedation dentistry, patients can remain calm and relaxed during their appointment.
If you have dental anxiety, you may put off dental care for years. Dealing with your anxiety day in and day out adds up to a lot of time. Plus, the longer you put off treatment, the more extensive the procedure may be. Sedation dentistry relaxes you, so you’re able to have the procedure you need in a shorter period of time.
Sedation allows patients with a sensitive gag reflex to receive dental treatments without experiencing discomfort.
If you’ve been putting off necessary treatments because of dental anxiety or phobia, you may find it helpful to have a variety of procedures done in one visit. Your sedation dentist will take the time to discuss your options and help you decide what combination of procedures will best meet your needs. This may be ideal for patients with many oral health concerns that require several procedures or patients who would like to avoid multiple appointments.
To learn more about dental sedation, schedule an appointment with Dr. V of Northeast Dental Associates by calling us at (832) 818-8132 or visit our office at 19411 Mckay Drive, Suite 150, Humble, TX 77338.