Do you get anxious before visiting the dentist? Are you tense and have trouble relaxing during even the simplest dental procedures? If so, you are not alone. The majority of dental patients experience some level of dental anxiety. In the past, there was little relief available to address dental anxiety other than a whiff of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, but advancements in modern dentistry have made suffering from dental anxiety a thing of the past.
Most dentists now offer some form of conscious sedation to help relax patients and relieve dental anxiety. The result is not only a better dental experience for the patient, but also better dental care. Dentists now understand that relaxed, comfortable patients are easier to work on. They can do higher quality dental work in less time when the patient is comfortable and relaxed.
Conscious sedation is available orally or intravenously. Oral conscious sedation is more common because it is easier to administer and because patients generally don’t like needles. Some dentists prefer intravenous sedation because the level of sedation is easier to control than with oral sedatives.
As the name implies, with either oral or intravenous conscious sedation the patient is always conscious throughout the procedure. The patient may be drowsy and will sometimes fall asleep during the procedure, but can always be easily awoken and can respond to questions. Even though the patient is conscious, in most cases they will not remember having the procedure. Most patients express surprise at how quickly the dental procedure seemed to have been completed, even if it actually took hours.
If you are ready to experience comfortable, stress free dental care, talk to your sedation dentist about conscious sedation. The days of dental anxiety are over.
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