Afraid of the dentist? Find out how dental sedation can help alleviate your fear
Being afraid of the dentist is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is actually a very common problem, and dentists are well aware that a visit to see them is often not at the top of the average person’s list of fun things to do. That’s why dental sedation is offered by many dentists today.
Being sedated suggests to some people that they would be asleep, but sedation for routine dental procedures ranges from mild to moderate – calming you without putting you to sleep.
If you avoid dental appointments because of fear or nervousness, dental sedation could help.
Levels of sedation
- Deep sedation is the use of general anesthesia to put you to sleep, and this is reserved for use by oral surgeons or in hospitals
- For more routine dental procedures, we offer mild to moderate level of sedation. Mild sedation makes you feel calm and relaxed, but fully alert. Under moderate sedation, you may feel sleepy, but you will stay awake and be able to talk to the dentist and answer questions.
Oral sedation is delivered in the form of pills. It can be can be mild or moderate. The effects depend on the dose and the type of medication taken, but you can expect to feel them long enough to require a friend or family member to drive you home from your appointment
Another commonly used method of sedation is the use of nitrous oxide – commonly called laughing gas. You inhale this gas through a mask that is placed over your nose. Nitrous oxide relaxes you and may make you feel drowsy, but you will remain awake. The best thing about nitrous oxide as a form of sedation is that it wears off very quickly. You can even drive yourself after home an appointment.
Talk to the dentist about dental sedation
You should never be embarrassed to ask for sedation. We offer it because we know many people have dental fear, and we do not want that fear to stop you from coming to see us and letting us help you take care of your oral health.
If you are interested in sedation, we will talk about your health briefly to be sure that we use a safe method. If you would like to learn more, please contact us to arrange an appointment.