Should You Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Young woman face with closed eyes.Going to the dentist may not excite you. However, there is a difference between simply dreading your dental visit and experiencing real anxiety and fear at the thought of sitting in a dental chair. If you are not getting the proper dental care you need due to anxiety, you are not alone. According to Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center, 30 to 40 million Americans dodge trips to the dentist due to fear! What you may not know, however, is that there is a solution for your dental anxiety and finding a dentist who offers sedation dentistry is key.

Reasons for Dental Anxiety

There are many reasons why the dentist can make you anxious or afraid. There are also various levels of dental anxiety. One patient may have sweaty palms while sitting in the waiting room, while another patient may experience a racing heart or paralyzing fear at the mere thought of going to the dentist. Regardless of how much anxiety or fear dental care brings for you, sedation dentistry can be the answer to relaxing at the dental office and getting the proper dental treatments you need for optimal health.

Patients can have dental anxiety that is rooted in a variety of issues, aversions or fears. Sedation dentistry should be considered if you can identify with one or more of the following:

  • Aversion to smell, sights or sounds of dentist (latex, dental drills, etc)
  • Fear of needles or pain
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Trouble sitting still or physical/mental limitations
  • Bad experience at the dentist as a child
  • Lengthy or complex dental appointment

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

There are many types of sedation dentistry. However, the most used version is nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas.” This involves wearing a small nosepiece during your treatment and breathing in a colorless gas of nitrous oxide. This sedative puts patients in a relaxed, euphoric state but still allows them to stay awake and communicate with the dental staff as needed. The following are highlighted advantages of using nitrous oxide sedation at your dental visit:

  • Fast acting, easily adjusted
  • Full relaxation and unbothered by dental work being performed
  • Safe for kids and adults
  • Can be used for a routine dental cleaning
  • Sedative effects leave within minutes of removing mask
  • Safely drive yourself home

A Sedation Dentist in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs

Dr. Myers is a talented family dentist who proudly offers nitrous oxide sedation to patients who have difficulty relaxing in the dental chair. We do our best to remove the obstacles that prevent patients from experiencing dental care in a positive, stress-free way. Call now to learn more about how to get sedation dentistry at your next dental visit.

Posted on behalf of The Dentist Centers