If you start to get nervous before getting dental treatment, you are not alone. Dental anxiety is a very real condition where some patients experience almost debilitating fear and nervousness even at the very thought of visiting a dental health professional’s office. No matter how frightening the prospect seems, it is still imperative that you have regular checkups and take care of your teeth. These days, sedation dentistry is a great option for many individuals who otherwise fear dental work. You might be a good candidate if you have:
Dr. Will Akin, a periodontist in Nashville, TN, offers three different forms of sedation: oral, intravenous and local anesthetic.
Oral sedatives involve taking a small pill before your dental appointment. The pill will make the patient drowsy and more relaxed, making it easier for the periodontist and assistants to numb any areas necessary and perform the procedure. Because the pill makes the patient drowsy, he or she will need a companion to drive him or her to and from the appointment.
Also known as IV sedation, this option provides the patient with a relaxing drug through an IV. The periodontal team monitors the patient closely for heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and oxygen levels. The patient is conscious but relaxed and will not remember the experience later. This option should only be administered by a certified professional.
Periodontists administer a local anesthetic by injecting a medicine such as lidocaine into the inner cheek or gum. This numbs the area for several hours. This option leaves the patient fully conscious and able to respond to commands and directions from the periodontal team. Patients can also drive themselves back to work or home afterward.
Are You a Good Candidate?
To find out if you are a candidate for any of these services, contact Nashville Periodontal Group today!