While you may visit the dentist regularly, there are a lot of adults around you who don’t feel the same. The American Dental Association notes that over one-third of all Americans are afraid of visiting the dentist. Over 12% of all Americans are so afraid of visiting the dentist that they won’t go to the dentist at all. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there are solutions available for you. One of those solutions is sedation dentistry. If you have never heard of sedation dentistry, get in contact with us here at Summit Dental Group so we can help educate you more on sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
With sedation dentistry, a dentist will use medication to help a patient feel more relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. Dentists can opt to use nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation to make patients feel comfortable.
If your dentist uses sedation dentistry, you’re in luck because there are a lot of options to choose from. You may be able to make a choice depending on your level of comfort.
Who Might Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry isn’t just used for people who have an extreme fear of dentists. If you have a strong gag reflex, you may want to opt for sedation dentistry. People who have really sensitive teeth may also choose dental sedation. If you have claustrophobia, you may also want to be sedated during dental procedures. There are also people who have special needs that choose to be sedated.
If you get nervous about visiting the dentist but you don’t have an abject fear, you may want to opt for nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide causes you to relax, but it does not cause you to go to sleep. Using nitrous oxide will calm your nerves, which is perfect for minor medical procedures such as teeth cleaning or getting a cavity filled. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and you will be able to resume your daily activities immediately.
Also, many patients who have an extreme fear of the dentist may opt for oral sedation. If you use oral sedation, the dentist will give you a pill about an hour before your procedure. Some dentists will give you a prescription for medication that relaxes you and that you can take before your appointment. With oral sedation, the effects wear off within a short amount of time, usually around the time that the dental procedure is over.
If you don’t want to be conscious and aware of the dental procedure, you may want to talk to your dentist about IV sedation. With IV sedation, a practitioner will start an IV and medication will be injected into the IV. IV sedation allows you to be sleeping throughout the procedure, but you need to know that it will take you much longer for the effects to wear off. You will want to bring someone to drive you home after the procedure is over, because people who have undergone IV sedation can’t drive after the procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment
Are you ready to visit us here at Summit Dental Group, but you are worried about the visit? Why not give us a call at 260-297-7081 and talk to us about your dental fears? We will be happy to accommodate your requests and talk to you about ways to help you get the dental procedures you need.