Does the thought of going to the dentist give you unwanted anxiety? Fear is a common problem for a many dental patients. If you suffer from stress related to going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.
Local anesthesia usually provides adequate pain relief for minor dental procedures. This injectable anesthetic is often used alongside a topical anesthetic for surface level numbing. This procedure prevents pain by numbing mouth tissue and blocking the nerves specific to the area that the anesthesia is administered. Local anesthesia however does not help a patient to relax or relieve stress and anxiety. The use of sedation dentistry helps uneasy patients relax in the dental chair.
For more serious dental procedures for patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia, your dentist may use Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. The use of Nitrous Oxide causes relaxation, making patients more comfortable and may induce mild or moderate sedation. Sedation dentistry creates state of relaxation that may not be achieved otherwise. While under the use Nitrous Oxide patients can still respond and interact with their dental professional. Ask your dentist about the use of oral sedatives if Nitrous Oxide is not a sufficient treatment for your dental fear.
Most dentists make it a priority to provide a comfortable, pain free dental practice. If you suffer from dental anxiety, don’t be afraid to speak with your dental professional about your fears. It is important for your dentist to measure your anxiety level and know your medical history for proper treatment. Don’t let your fear of the dentist compromise your oral health. Ask your dental professional about the use of sedation dentistry to help you conquer your fear and help you relax in the dentist chair.