Does the thought of visiting the dentist bring about feelings of fear and panic? You’re not alone. Plenty of people struggle with dental phobia and anxiety. Some folks might even put off important dental treatment because of their fears. Fortunately, there’s a solution to dental anxiety and phobia. It’s called sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry promotes physical and emotional comfort, especially for those who struggle with fear and panic associated with oral healthcare treatment. There are different forms of sedation dentistry, too, which can meet a variety of people’s needs.
Here’s a breakdown of our sedation dentistry services and how they might benefit you.
This gaseous compound has been used in dentistry and medicine for over a century. Nitrous oxide works quickly because it is inhaled through a soft nasal mask during treatment. Safe for most patients of all ages, nitrous oxide relieves discomfort and promotes calm, euphoric feelings. This form of sedation dentistry is ideal for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety or those who don’t want to take medication with lingering effects. Nitrous oxide doesn’t impair one’s ability to drive once it wears off, either.
Stronger than nitrous oxide, oral sedation involves taking prescription medication about an hour before one’s appointment. Oral sedition is helpful for those with more pronounced dental phobia and anxiety.
The type of medication prescribed normally comes from the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which are anti-anxiety medications with mild sedating effects. This medication does impair motor function so patients receiving oral sedation will need to arrange for transportation to and from their appointments.
Conscious IV sedation is reserved for more invasive and complex treatments. While this type of sedation dentistry is administered intravenously, patients are not induced into a medically unconscious state. Although sedatives can induce sleepiness, patients can be roused to respond to questions or directives.
If you suffer with dental fear and phobia, be sure to discuss your concerns with our team. We will do our best to accommodate your needs so that you can enjoy comfortable, quality oral healthcare.
Call Towson Dental Care today to reserve a consultation.