How to solve your issues with dental phobia

man-scaredDental phobia affects people more than you think. Typically caused by a traumatic or extremely painful dental visit, fear of dentist visits prevents many people from scheduling regular checkups. Fear often develops from a bad or painful experience at the dentist. Putting off a dental visit because of your fear is not wise. Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

The dental sedation solution

If the thought of visiting the dentist sends cold chills down your back, take heart. Dental sedation could help you relieve your anxiety so that you can receive the care you need. Fearlessly. Various sedation methods are available to utilize and some allow you to remain awake during your visit. Dentists use different types of sedation depending on the procedure. Not all sedation methods render you unconscious; some just relax you to remove the tension or anxiety while the dentist works.

Put your fears to rest

  • Oral sedation works by using a mild sedative taken orally before your dental visit. You are still awake and can respond to commands, but are completely relaxed during the entire procedure.
  • Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas is inhaled shortly before your dentist begins. Many dentists provide you with headphones, allowing you to choose your favorite music to listen to during the visit. With nitrous oxide you are fully conscious but relaxed listening to your favorite songs while the dentist works on your teeth.
  • Intravenous, or IV, sedation provides immediate, powerful results. When your dentist administers the sedative via a needle, you’ll immediately feel calm. This sedation dentistry is helpful for lengthy, involved procedures or if you have a major case of anxiety. You’ll need to arrange for a ride home if you choose this method of dental sedation.
  • General anesthetic. Typically used for major repairs and invasive dental procedures, general anesthesia renders you unconscious. You only wake when it wears off. General anesthetic comes with a few risks. Most dentists only use general anesthetic on rare occasions, opting instead of other methods that are gentler and allow you to remain conscious. 

Take charge of your health

Sedation dentistry could be your ticket to a fear-free oral health protection plan. If you would like to learn more about dental sedation, ask me a question and I’ll reply by tomorrow.