February 5, 2018

There are many different types of dental anxiety. Some people feel uncomfortable while sitting in a chair for extended periods of time. Other patients have genuine dentophobia, which is the total fear of receiving dental care. As a result, people may avoid seeing their dentist in Tampa, FL at all, which can slowly degrade their oral condition over time. Fortunately, the office of Dr. Sarah Jockin offers various forms of oral sedation to assist all patients.

Nitrous Oxide 

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is great for patients with mild dental fears. Many patients prefer it because it is inhaled. No needles are necessary. It is great for patients receiving a routine check-up or mild dental work. Once the procedure is finished, the effects of the gas diminish immediately, allowing the patient to drive home independently.

Oral Sedation

Patients who require a stronger sedative can take a pill orally. Some of the most commonly used medications include:

  • Valium
  • Vistaril
  • Ativan
  • Sonata
  • Halcion

All of these pills make patients feel drowsy without putting them to sleep entirely. This allows patients to remain responsive and follow dentist’s instructions should any be provided. The pills will also provide an amnesiac response, so patients have little to no memory of the actual treatment.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is recommended for people with extreme dentophobia. It is also used on patients without dental anxiety if they require sinus augmentation or bone grafting. Most patients will end up falling asleep before the procedure begins, and they will also enjoy quicker healing following the treatment.

See a Dentist Who Wants to Help You

Dr. Jockin has seen numerous patients forego seeing a dentist completely until their oral health degraded severely. Do not allow your dental phobia to get that bad, and schedule a visit to our office regularly. Let us know about your anxiety in your first phone call and we will do everything possible to make you feel at ease.



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