If you’d rather be anywhere else in the whole world than your dentist’s office for treatment, don’t worry—you aren’t alone! It’s estimated that about one-third of people in the US have a fear of dental treatment, which can make even simple checkups and cleanings a great hassle. Fortunately, sedation dentistry has emerged as the go-to answer for patients in this camp. Here’s more from your trusted dentist about sedation dentistry and some of the options that can be used to make your next dental checkup smooth and stress-free!
A Closer Look at Sedation Dentistry
To put it simply, sedation dentistry involves sedating a patient for dental treatment. If you’re familiar with the term, you probably already know that it’s commonly used as a solution for patients that are afraid of or anxious about receiving dental care. However, it also has a variety of other applications including helping patients who struggle to remain seated, assisting with lengthy or complex oral procedures, and easing the comfort of patients with limited mouth mobility or those with a sensitive gag reflex. Ultimately, it facilitates a smoother and more pleasant experience for both the patient and the dentist alike.
Here’s a closer look at two of the most popular sedation options:
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is perhaps the most commonly used choice for patients with dental-related anxiety. Also known as “laughing gas,” it’s used to instill a euphoric state in patients that leaves them feeling deeply relaxed, and even a little giggly—but despite the name, you won’t start cackling maniacally. It’s administered via a soft nasal mask and mixed with oxygen, and you should be happy to hear that you’ll also remain fully conscious and alert. When the procedure is over, the effects wear off within a few minutes.
This is usually reserved for the most severe cases of dental phobia or used for more intensive and complex treatments. This medicine is intravenously injected and gets to work within minutes; you’ll still be awake and responsive, but you probably won’t remember much from your visit as you’ll be deeply relaxed. You’ll also need a ride to and from the appointment. It’s perfectly safe for healthy patients, and your vitals are monitored throughout the appointment for added assurance.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
The bottom line is that nobody should have to put off receiving dental care due to anxiety, fear, or doubt—especially when such amazing and innovative solutions like nitrous oxide and IV sedation exist. It’s completely safe and accessible for patients in good health, and little preparation is usually needed following an evaluation. Whether you suffer from mild dental anxiety or great, debilitating fear, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your dentist about their available sedation options to see how you might benefit.
About the Practice
The talented team at Dental Wellness of Lexington is excited to provide patients and families in the Lexington, KY area with an unmatched level of dental service. They’re pleased to offer a wide range of sedation options that are perfect for individuals with dental-related anxiety. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit for you or a family member, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or over the phone for assistance. Telephone: (859) 223-4644.