How Sedation Dentistry Can Ease Your Anxiety

How Sedation Dentistry Can Ease Your Anxiety

Dental anxiety is nothing new, and it is nothing that is uncommon. Many people refuse to visit the dentist out of fear that the pain and anxiety they feel will be too much to handle. Granted, at the dentist office, we do use a few tools that may be daunting, or the pain you currently feel in your teeth can have you thinking the worst. However, you do have options! In the following article we will discuss a few of the advancements that dentistry has offered as a way to make sure everyone gets the care and treatments they need right when they need them.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is primarily used before treatment begins. Being that there are various levels of dental phobia or anxiety, means that there are varying levels of sedation dentistry. Primarily nowadays, there are three main types of sedation dentistry that are all used to fit the needs of each patient and how intense their dental phobia may be. three types are:

  • Inhaled sedation: breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, alleviation of anxiety is felt within minutes. This helps you to remain calm during the procedure, and is most recommended to patients with mild dental anxiety.
  • Oral conscious sedation. Medications by mouth taken at least an hour before the procedure can also help alleviate dental phobia. You may feel a bit groggy, but still remain conscious
  • Intravenous sedation: this is the strongest form of sedation for patients with the highest level of dental phobia, and can keep you asleep throughout the entire procedure process.

Sedation Dentistry is Not Only for Anxiety

Patients that have phobias of all different kinds can also benefit from using sedation dentistry. Patients that have concerns or fears on the following items or thing, can also benefit from this dentistry tool:

  • Fear of needles or dental injections
  • Anxiety about the smells, sounds, insights at the dentist office
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients that are at risk of panic attacks, shaking uncontrollably, or crying
  • Patients that have trouble sitting still for long periods of time

If you still have questions about sedation dentistry don’t hesitate to give us that doctor Amy’s Dental a call or send us an email. Our office in Thousand Oaks, CA, is ready to take your phone call and we can’t wait to meet you!

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