Dental Anxiety Can be a Damaging Cycle
Anxiety is a factor that unfortunately keeps many patients away from the dentist and as such, dental problems that would have been small and easily fixable, are now larger problems. Treatment that would normally require a single visit, now requires multiple visits and thus, a patient’s dental anxiety only increases upon hearing this information.
We understand that people are in this difficult situation and Dr. Markham can help. And while all dental care cannot be performed in one appointment, sedation dentistry gives us the advantage of being able to schedule longer appointments where we can accomplish more treatment per visit than we otherwise would be for a patient with dental anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide: Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide promotes relaxation and euphoria. To administer the gas, a small face mask will be placed, and you will be asked to breathe in normally through your nose. Safe and effective, this method can be used for children and adults, alike. Although you will still be aware of your surroundings, you will most likely feel extremely relaxed. Many patients report a feeling of heaviness and comfort. After the procedure, you will be given pure oxygen, which will help flush the nitrous oxide from your system. One of the most significant advantages of laughing gas is that patients can safely drive themselves to and from their appointments.
Oral Conscious Sedation: This type of sedation is administered through oral medication, such as a pill or a tablet. The dosage is dependent on the patient’s height, weight, and medical history. Typically, you will take a tablet approximately one hour before your dental appointment. Upon arrival, the doctor may decide to administer additional medication based on your comfort level. During oral conscious sedation, you will be able to respond to the doctor or staff if necessary. However, most people become so relaxed they simply sleep throughout their procedure. Oral conscious sedation also has amnesiac effect. Therefore, most patients do not remember the majority of the appointment. Patients who undergo this type of sedation will need to bring a friend or family member along to drive them to and from our office.
What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Being sedated while you have dental work completed brings with it many benefits. Your anxiety will be relieved, you will be less aware or totally unaware of the procedure being carried out and your fear will be a thing of the past.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If the thought of dental treatment fills you with dread, then sedation dentistry is well worth considering. Whether you have a phobia or something less, by allowing your dentist to sedate you, dental treatment can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry if you have problems with any of the following:
A gag reflex that causes problems during treatment
Need to have a vast amount of work carried out
If you qualify as a patient who experiences anxiety, our team can help you determine an appropriate course of sedation dentistry that meets your needs.