Relieving Dental Anxiety
Few people are thrilled to go to the dentist. Most are either anxious or scared, but somehow manage to show up for regular visits. However, some are so terrified that they see the dentist only when absolutely necessary or never receive dental care at all. This paralyzing fear can lead to more than lost teeth; it can also lead to complicated and more expensive treatment.
To help anxious and patients with fear of dentist, The Waterford Dentist offer dental sedation to relieve dental anxiety and minimize discomfort. Dental sedation is the use of medication to calm the central nervous system, so the patient can receive treatment comfortably. Sedation is also recommended for people:
- With a bad gag reflex or sensitive teeth
- With low tolerance for pain and discomfort
- Who can’t sit still in the dental chair
- Who are undergoing complicated or lengthy dental work
Levels of Dental Sedation
The level of sedation ranges from nitrous oxide to IV sedation. When using nitrous oxide, you are fully awake but calm and relaxed. With the use of IV sedation, you can still be conscious but will be very sleepy and remember little after treatment. IV sedation patients are usually on the edge of consciousness, but they can be easily awakened.
Your dentists in Waterford recommend oral sedation as a needle-free way to feel comfortable during the procedure. You simply take a pill about an hour before treatment so you are ready and relaxed. Oral sedatives can produce minimal to moderate sedation. You will be drowsy or you may fall asleep, but you can be easily awakened.