April 26, 2017

It is not uncommon to be afraid of or anxious about going to the dentist. Memories of past dental procedures, a fear of drills or needles, or an inability to sit comfortably for long periods of time may make visiting the dentist a stress-inducing experience for many people. However, avoiding the dentist out of fear may lead to poor oral health and dental problems that, when left untreated, only get worse. Luckily, there are treatment options for those who experience dental anxiety in Dallas, TX that can help when it comes to being afraid of the dentist.

Sedation Dentistry to the Rescue

 Sedation dentistry involves the administration of anesthesia to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety. This allows the patient to have a relaxing and calm dental visit without fear or anxiety. Dentists administer the pain relieving technique that works best for each patient depending on their individual needs, current health, and the amount of dental work being completed. There are several sedation options including:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral sedation
  • Local anesthetic (injections)
  • IV sedation

Dental sedation is very safe when administered by a licensed and trained professional, and patients are able to be awake yet very relaxed and calm with each form of sedation, although the anesthesia may last differently depending on the option.

 Are You a Candidate for Sedation?

 If you have a low tolerance for pain, need a lot of dental work completed in one sitting, or have a specific fear of dental instruments or dental procedures, then being sedated during your visit may be a good option. Some patients decide to start with sedation, then taper off their anesthesia treatments as they become more comfortable with visiting the dentist and having dental procedures completed.

To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you to have a painless and anxiety-free dental checkup, please call our office in Dallas, TX today to schedule an appointment where you can talk with Dr. Neeley about your sedation options.



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