Dental anxiety is a common reason that Americans skip their routine visits to the dentist. The fear associated with dentistry is not thing to be ashamed of; you are not alone if you have avoided making that six-month checkup, even if you have been putting it off for years.
The problem with dental anxiety is that you are not getting the care you need to keep your teeth and gums health. If and when you do finally see the dentist, it is more than likely because of a painful problem. This pattern only exacerbates the fear you may have of sitting in the dental chair; but we can change all of that.
Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit Moberi Dental Specialists. We offer several sedation dentistry techniques to make your visits productive, pleasant, and pain-free.
Why Some People have Dental Anxiety
Dental phobias can develop for several reasons:
Sensitivity in teeth and gums
Traumatic or unpleasant dental experience in the past
Fear of needles
Difficulty sitting still for long periods
Strong gag reflex
Sensitivity to the overall environment of the dental office
Fear of embarrassment related to perceived poor oral health
How Sedation Works
There are several method of sedation that can help patients obtain necessary dental care. Essentially, they all do the same thing; but they differ in the method of delivery.
Nitrous oxide, known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that is delivered through a comfortable nasal mask. After just a few seconds of inhalation, your stress and fear will begin to melt away and you will tolerate dental care easily. Just as quickly as the sedative effects sets in, it leaves. This is unique to nitrous oxide, which is why this is the only form of sedation that allows you to drive yourself to and from your dental visits.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription medication shortly before your dental treatment. Because it is ingested, it may take slightly longer to blunt your anxiety. However, oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for mild to moderate dental anxiety.
IV sedation is administered under observation throughout the entire dental procedure. It is safe and effective, alleviating fears quickly and facilitating complete comfort.
Posted on 05/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM