Being anxious or fearful about the dentist is normal for some people, especially those who have had a bad experience in the past. Fortunately, sedation dentistry options are available to help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable while getting dental care.
Dental anxiety can be eliminated with sedation dentistry. At Englewood Dentistry, patients who receive sedation options can undergo even the most complex procedures without fear. Additionally, they typically feel more relaxed and at ease during their visit. This helps them avoid stress or discomfort throughout their appointment and can even help them fall asleep during the procedure.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
These pills are taken orally about an hour before the procedure, and they relax the patient’s nerves but leave them awake and able to respond to questions. These are typically recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide is another common form of sedation used at our practice. This gas is administered through a mask placed over the nose. There is no risk of becoming addicted to this sedative as it is flushed out of the body after the procedure. The benefit is that patients are still conscious and able to respond to questions; however, they do not feel anything during the process.
An IV sedative can be given to patients with moderate to severe anxiety or who have trouble keeping still and remaining calm enough to undergo even simple procedures. The patient remains conscious and sufficient to answer questions but will be deeply relaxed during the process.
This is the most profound form of sedation dentistry for those who are highly anxious and cannot undergo dental treatment without heavy sedation. During general anesthesia, a patient is rendered unconscious for the entire duration of the treatment.
The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry
- Allows the patient to become relaxed during the procedure rather than anxious; this can reduce the amount of pain experienced as the process is being performed while also increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.
- Helps patients avoid certain risks associated with dental procedures, such as falling, gagging, or experiencing discomfort or pain that cannot be controlled.
- It can allow patients to undergo several procedures in one appointment, saving them time from having to return for multiple appointments.
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist or have anxiety about dental procedures, talk to your dentist about what types of sedation are available and what level of sedation is appropriate for you. To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Englewood Dentistry at 334 Grand Ave, Englewood, 07631, or call (201) 541-8111.