If you get anxious, start sweating, and your heart starts racing when you think about going to the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety. You may be so terrified of going to the dentist that you never even consider it, or it may be the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle that causes your anxiety. Whatever level of dental anxiety you feel, you are in good company.
If your dental anxiety is keeping you from getting routine dental care, or if you want a dental experience with lower levels of stress, consider making an appointment for a consultation with a sleep and sedation dentist.
In addition to the standard anesthetics such as novocain and nitrous oxide, sleep and sedation dentists have specialized training in administering intravenous sedatives and delivering dental care to patients who are partially or fully sedated. Intravenous sedatives are usually administered in the dentist’s office and are carefully controlled to put the patient in a dreamy, sleep like state. Novocain is usually also used to numb the area, but it is administered after the patient is sedated to make the entire experience as painless and comfortable as possible.
Full sedation with general anesthesia is administered in a hospital operating room by a qualified anesthesiologist. The sleep and sedation dentist performs the dental procedures while the anesthesiologist monitors the patient. For both partial and full sedation, the patient almost always has no memory of having the procedure.
Dental anxiety should not prevent you from getting the dental care you need. Sleep and sedation dentistry is the safe, painless, and comfortable solution to dental anxiety.
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