Could You Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you experience dental anxiety, you aren’t alone. Nearly 22% of American adults report being afraid of the dentist to the point that they will avoid necessary dental care. You shouldn’t jeopardize your oral health because of your fear. Dental sedation can help you comfortably get the dental care you need.
What is Dental Sedation?
Sedation dentistry reduces mental anxiety and enhances patient comfort during a dental procedure. It involves administering medications and, in some cases, local anesthesia to produce a relaxing effect.
Two primary types of dental sedation are commonly used.
Inhaled Minimal Sedation
With this method, you inhale a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, known colloquially as “laughing gas,” through a breathing mask. The gas is odorless and colorless.
You will remain conscious and still be able to hear, see, and communicate with the dental staff. However, you will feel an overwhelming sense of relaxation and wellbeing. The sedation effect wears off quickly after treatment.
Oral sedation involves the administration of medicines like Triazolam or Valium. You take one tablet the night before your appointment to ensure a good night’s rest. You then take another pill about one hour before your appointment. Again, this results in a relaxing effect. You will feel very serene.
Is Sedation Dentistry for You?
Dental sedation can be beneficial if you are nervous about a dental appointment, especially more significant procedures such as root canals. It isn’t for everyone, however. For example, inhaled minimal sedation isn’t advisable for pregnant women or people with emphysema (a lung condition that causes shortness of breath).
Also, beware that you will need a friend or family member to take you to and from your appointment if you are undergoing sedation. This is for your safety, as the medicine can cause you to be less alert and have slow response times.
Comfortable Sedation Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona
Don’t let nerves hold you back from getting the dental care you need. AccuCare Dental Centers, PC, offers both inhaled minimal sedation and oral sedation. Our team will be happy to discuss your dental sedation options with you to determine what best suits your needs.
Call us at (480) 998-8073 to request your appointment.