November 3, 2015

For countless individuals, going to the dentist is a trip often pushed off due to fear of the dentist’s chair and any associated discomfort. Dental anxiety is overwhelmingly common with children and adults alike. However, dental checkups and dental procedures are necessary visits which must be completed in order to ensure you have optimal oral health. One ideal solution to preventing any anxiety associated with having dental work performed is dental sedation.

There are several options when it comes to choosing dental sedation. Some options enable you to relax while undergoing any dental procedures yet remain coherent enough to return to work after completion and others require assistance departing from your dental professional’s office. These different types of sedation include:

  • Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation
  • Oral sedatives
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Local anesthetic

Ask your dental professional which type of sedation will best meet your personal level of dental anxiety and enable you to accept treatment without fear or hesitation.

There are many ways to tell if you can personally benefit from sedation dentistry, and make any future visits a more pleasant experience. Some of these may include:

  • Dental fears
  • Former dental trauma
  • Numbing complications
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Short time to complete treatment
  • Complex dental issues
  • Fear of needles/shots
  • Negative associations with dental office sounds/scents/tastes
  • Embarrassment of one’s own teeth

Do not let any dental fears prevent you from receiving the care your teeth and gums require; speak to your dental professional today about your dental sedation options. Contact us to learn more and schedule your next appointment!



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