Many people experience fear and axiety when faced with the inevitable trip to the dentist’s office. Such fears are not at all unrealistic and, for some, are based on bad memories of painful visits long past. Unfortunately, such fear can be paralyzing or, at the very least, a reason for long procrastination and neglect of appropriate dental care.
With modern painless dentistry techniques, is no need to fear. A visit to your local need not provoke dread and anxiety. Today, dental patients can benefit from sedation dentistry – methods of reducing anxiety as well as minimizing or eliminating pain and discomfort.
Nitrous Oxide, a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gases, is used in many dental offices and allows a patient to remain conscious and aware throughout the dental procedure while completely relaxed and free from anxiety. It is safe, easy to administer and control, and does not have a “hangover” residual effect. Nitrous Oxide works rapidly and even seems to reduce the gag reflex. Even though a local anesthetic, such as Novocain, is used to numb the exact area affected, Nitrous Oxide is often used in combination with the local to help patients to relax.
Another option is to choose an intravenous anesthesia, combined with the local anesthetic, which can be given right in the dental office. Called, “twilight sedation,” IV sedation allows the patient to drift in and out of sleep, in a calm and comfortable state. In this case, the anxious patient not only tolerates the procedure well but generally does not have any memory of the procedure.
Discuss with your dental professional the right method of sedation for your needs. You can put your dental fear and trepidation in the past. You can rest assured knowing that your personal comfort is a priority with your dentist.
Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
Many people suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Estimates vary, but about 10 to 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist entirely due to fear or anxiety about dental treatment. Of those Americans who do get regular dental care, a large percentage have anxiety and fear that results in a dental procedure that is much more uncomfortable than it needs to be, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Mild to moderate dental anxiety can be easily addressed with oral sedatives that put the patient into a deeply relaxed state. Oral sedatives have much less risk than general anesthesia and the dental procedure can be completed in the dentist’s office rather than in an operating room.
Most oral sedation dentistry patients report that the dental procedure went by very quickly and they cannot remember most of it. They typically are so relaxed that they do not feel the injection of local anesthetic. The combination of oral sedatives and local anesthetic results in a dental procedure that is virtually painless and is free of anxiety or fear.
Even though patients cannot generally remember the procedure, they are conscious during the procedure and can respond to commands and answer questions. Patients do not lose consciousness with oral sedation although some patients will doze during the dental procedure.
Oral sedation is a very safe way for dental patients to address anxiety about dental procedures. It helps motivate dental patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety to have regular dental care. If you are one of the millions of Americans who dreads going to the dentist, talk to your dentist about the benefits of oral sedation.
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