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Jul
20

Sedation Is Dentistry’s Answer for Anxiety

Planning a trip to the dental office causes anxiety in the most stoic, trepidation in the brave, and downright panic attacks for those poor misfortunate patients who have unpleasant memories of past dental experiences. Dental phobia is a legitimate concern for many who’ve had negative experiences in the dental chair. While some minor discomfort is inevitable, the overdramatized and unrealistic fears of pain, choking, needles and drills, have served to prevent people from getting necessary dental care.

This no longer needs to be the case. With today’s advanced technologies and methods of reducing anxiety as well as pain management, there is no need for such extreme anxiety when visiting your local dentist. Modern dentists have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal to help make any dental procedure comfortble and stress free.

One such method for helping patients relax is Nitrous Oxide, also called “laughing gas”. It is a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gases that sedates the patient while allowing them to remain conscious and aware. It works rapidly and has the additional benefit of reducing that worrisome gag reflex. It is often used in conjunction with a local anesthetic like lidocaine because it is so effective in helping patients to relax.

You may also choose an intravenous anesthesia with the local anesthetic that can be given right in the dental office. IV sedation is sometimes called, “twilight sedation” because the patient is so comfortable and calm as to drift in and out of sleep. This not only helps the anxious patient to not only tolerate the procedure, but in many cases they have no memory of it at all.

Depending on your particular procedure and level of anxiety, your local dentist will help you choose just the right method of sedation for your needs. You can face your next dental procedure with the comfort and assurance that the fear and pain you once experienced are now things of the past. Sedation dentistry will ease the way for comfortable, pain free dentistry.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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