For many people, the thought of having to go to the dentist can immediately provoke feelings of fear and anxiety. In fact, these negative reactions may be so strong that some people may even have dental phobia, a condition that is even more severe than dental anxiety.
Even those with more mild forms of anxiety and fear surrounding the dentist can cause people to avoid going there. However, it is a self-perpetuating system: avoiding the dentist will often lead to dental problems, which causes even more fear and anxiety.
Regular dental appointments, at least twice a year, will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease.
For those who experience fear and anxiety at the thought of having to go to the dentist, sedation dentistry is a safe and easy way to relax while at the dentist. Here are two options to consider:
- Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a mild relaxant. This involves inhaling a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen from a nosepiece. This is a great option because it does not cause drowsiness or have any other side effects. In fact, it is completely safe for people to drive home after they have had inhaled nitrous oxide. It is particularly ideal for those with short dentist appointments or for children who have a fear of the dentist.
- Oral Sedation
Oral sedation is particularly ideal for those who are undergoing a more lengthy procedure at the dentist. Oral sedation offers a stronger sedative effect, especially suited for those with acute dental anxiety and fear and for people who have dental phobia.
Patients will receive the medication one hour before their actual dentist appointment in a sedation room, which allows enough time for the oral sedative to take effect and for the patient to relax. Ensure that you schedule an appointment for oral sedation. In addition, it is important that patients make arrangements to be driven home and to spend the remainder of the day recuperating.
If you are afraid of the dentist, you can relax knowing that there are options to alleviate your fear and anxiety in an easy, painless and safe way. If you are looking for more information on sedation dentistry, contact our team today.
Pearl Dentist always has patient comfort in mind. Enhancing the dental experience from the moment you walk through the door is one of our top priorities. Get to know our team today – familiar faces can go a long way in helping with your dental anxiety.