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Preventing Discomfort During Dental Appointments

Anxiety or discomfort during a dental procedure can cause people to delay or avoid necessary dental care. Putting dental needs off until later can actually allow conditions such as gum disease or decay to worsen. It’s important to know that your dentist is there to help treat not only your dental needs, but anxiety or discomfort associated with the procedure as well. A variety of options including sedation dentistry are now available to dental patients so that you can have your care completed in as comfortable of a manner as possible.

Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is the most common analgesic used in dental care. The scented nosepiece delivers a mixture of gas to the patient, which helps create a relaxed sensation over their entire body. The onset is quick, as is the recovery. This option is appropriate for patients of all ages.

Orally administered sedation medication can also be used. The medicine is usually taken one our prior to the appointment and causes the patient to have a light sleep, where they are comfortable but can also respond to the dentist if needed. If deeper sedation is needed, there is also the option of intravenous medication. Both of these methods will require the dental patient to have a family member or friend drive them to and home from their care appointment.

Maybe you only experience mild discomfort during simple procedures such as a routine cleaning. Fairly new products have come out that allow temporary, short-term anesthesia in the mouth, allowing your hygienist to clean your teeth without any discomfort whatsoever. This is useful for patients that have infrequent care appointments or hypersensitive gums.

Whatever your comfort need is, always let your dentist know. It’s important to put you at ease, so you can have all of your care needs addressed in the most comfortable manner possible.

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