Does the thought of visiting the dentist feel you with fear? Would you rather suffer the pain of a toothache than go to a dental office? Do you feel nervous or anxious leading up to or during dental treatments? You are not alone. Many people suffer from dental fears, or dental anxiety. This can be the result of a negative experience or something as simple as fear of the unknown. If you suffer from dental anxiety, do you have to suffer with the stress and fear when you go to a dental office? No! Sedation dentistry is an option for patients like you.
Nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as laughing gas, is an inhaled sedation. Your dentist will place a mask over your mouth and nose, through which you will breathe a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. The gas will help ease your anxieties and help you to relax. After your procedure, the gas will wear off quickly, so you will be able to drive yourself home.
Another sedation option is called oral sedation. Your dentist will prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before the procedure. The level of sedation is controlled by the dosage prescribed. You will remain awake, but will be drowsy. Some patients become groggy enough to fall asleep during treatment, but they are easy to wake with a gentle shake.
If you suffer from dental fears, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Sedation will allow you to relax and be comfortable during every dental treatment.