Are you putting off a visit to the dentist due to fear or anxiety? If you are experiencing pain, you know you must face that fear or the problem could get worse. You might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. You may even wonder why you feared it in the first place. Dr. J. Alexander Withers is a skilled periodontist who can help you stay calm while you are in the dentist chair, which can help you get through a visit with less pain and stress.
No Pain, No Memories
The dread of pain is often worse than the pain itself, but you do not have to worry about either with sedation dentistry. Dr. Withers offers medication to help you relax in the form of a pill or with nitrous oxide gas. Depending on your procedure, you may also be given a local anesthetic to numb the procedure area. Many people have no member of their procedure under sedation. Without memory of pain, you have nothing to be anxious about the next time either.
Without sedation, a complicated procedure may be spread out over several visits for many reasons. If you have a low pain threshold, your periodontist may perform only so many steps in each visit to help you manage the pain. Or you may not be able to take extended time off work or away from home. When you are sedated, the dentist can work faster without delays to check on your comfort level or give you time to adapt to each new step.
You Are Still Responsive
You do not go to sleep under sedation. You remain awake and able to respond to Dr. Withers should he ask you to widen your mouth or ask you a question. However, your perceptions will not be as sharp as when you are fully awake.
Never put off dental procedures because you have anxiety; that will only cause the anxiety to grow. For more information about sedation dentistry in Fairfax, VA, contact our office today!