March 14, 2018

If you happen to meet someone who claims to love going to the dentist, you might also be simultaneously meeting a person who routinely lies. The simple fact is that few (if any) people enjoy receiving dental care. Most, however, are able to accept its necessity and overlook their concerns in order to receive the treatment that they need. There are a select few, however, who carry so much dental anxiety that their fears actually present a safety issue.

Using Sedation to Deal with Dental Anxiety

Sedation dentistry has been widely used in the dental industry for years. Typically, it is turned to in the following cases:

  • For those who have very sensitive teeth
  • For those with a strong gag reflex
  • For those who suffer from respiratory issues
  • In cases involving extensive dental work
  • With small children

Only in recent years has it been viewed as an option for those suffering from dental anxiety. The trouble is that in many of these cases, the thought of being sedated can cause just as much stress.

Making Sedation Dentistry Safe for You

Yet not to worry; if you experience such anxiety, you should know that every precaution is taken in sedation dentistry to guarantee your safety. This includes:

  • Achieving the right level of sedation: Depending your anxiety level, you may require something as simple as minimal sedation to treatment as deep as general anesthesia.
  • Ensuring access to necessary resources: Should you need general anesthesia, dental providers will typically insist on an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist being on hand to monitor your vital signs.
  • Thinking of your post-procedure comfort: You being sedated does not give the dentist free reign to be as forceful as he or she wants with your treatment. Local anesthetics and the proper application of forces are still utilized to ensure that you experience as little post-procedure discomfort as possible.

Part of the anxiety that you may be feeling about your dental care no doubt comes from the fear that you are causing undue stress for Dr. Steele and the rest of our staff. Please be assured that could not be further from the truth. We understand your concerns, which is why we offer you the option of receiving sedation dentistry in order to address issues with your oral health. To learn more about this treatment option, contact us in Coppell, TX today!



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