It's quite common for people to feel anxious about going to the dentist. Typically, this "phobia” stems from a painful or bad experience in the past. However, there are also some people who are simply afraid of experiencing any type of pain.
Regardless of why you're afraid to go to the dentist, you should understand that it's important to do so for the overall health and maintenance of your smile. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy is a "team” effort.
Defining Sedation Dentistry
Fortunately, if you're scared to go to the dentist, sedation dentistry does exist. Here we will offer you some oral sedative drugs that should help reduce your fear and anxiety of being in our office. Typically, this involves giving you a dose of Valium (a.k.a. Diazepam), but Ativan (a.k.a. Lorazepam) is also sometimes used.
How Sedation Dentistry Helps you Overcome Your Anxiety
Sedation dentistry can help with everything from minor to major anxiety over going to the dentist. Oral medications will also help relieve any of the anxiety you feel before arriving at our office to have your procedure. Unfortunately, you won't be able to drive once you've taken this type of medication though.
Understanding Deep Sedation Dentistry
Extreme stress about visiting our office may require you undergo something a bit stronger: general anesthesia. This will leave you either barely conscious or unconscious throughout your procedure so that you feel no discomfort or pain at all. One of the greatest benefits here is your anxiety may decrease on its own once you've been treated this way for a single appointment.
If you'd like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can help you take better care of your smile, give us a call and set up an appointment to come in and discuss this with us soon.
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