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 victims of unpleasant memories past. Dental phobia is a legitimate concern for many who’ve had negative experiences in the dental chair. While some 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 dental professional. One such method for helping patients relax is Nitrous Oxide. It is a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gases that allows the patient to be 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 helps the anxious patient to not only tolerate but to not remember those uncomfortable procedures.
Depending on your particular procedure and level of anxiety, your local dental professional 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 your relief.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman
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