We treat patients every day who suffer from dental anxiety. We know that visiting the dentist office can be scary for a lot of people.
We also understand how they feel. Our own Dr. Brooks experienced dental anxiety himself as a child. You can hear him talk about it in this video.
This is also why we try to help patients who have dental fear or dental anxiety any way that we can. In addition to some great jokes, we offer dental sedation.
If you live in or around Cincinnati, but have been avoiding the dentist because of your dental anxiety, we want you to consider four reasons sedation dentistry may be able to help you at Anderson Dental Care.
When people are afraid of something, it can trigger a fight-or-flight response. That’s not good for you when you are sitting in a dentist’s chair. It’s also not good for the hygienist trying to clean your teeth.
Sedation dentistry can calm your nerves and help you stay relaxed throughout your procedure. We offer two forms of sedation in our office, and both can help you during your treatment.
Some patients have a sensitive gag reflex, which can make some aspects of dental care difficult. Even if you don’t have a sensitive gag reflex, you may still have trouble if the dentist needs to make an impression or take X-rays.
It’s perfectly understandable to wonder how you will respond to the tools that will be placed in your mouth during a procedure.
With dental sedation, you will remain relaxed, which also makes it much less likely that you will gag during your procedure. Again, this is something both you and your dental hygienist can appreciate.
In spite what you may remember from “The Little Shop of Horrors,” dentists do not want to hurt their patients. Our team wants you to feel as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your treatment.
Sedation dentistry also provides an anesthetic benefit, so you won’t feel any pain during your procedure. Dentists have known about this for more than 150 years, and dental sedation has been used for a long time to alleviate pain and prevent suffering.
For some patients, thinking about a procedure and knowing what is happening is a cause of anxiety. With sedation dentistry, you may fall asleep or you may just feel like you have.
No matter which type of sedation you receive, there is a good chance that you won’t recall much, if anything, about your treatment. This may be just what you need to come back for the routine care that you need a couple times each year.
You Have Options
At Anderson Dental Care, we offer two types of dental sedation — nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Both will provide the benefits we mentioned above. The difference is in the way you receive you dental sedation and how long it lasts.
➤ Nitrous oxide
You may know nitrous oxide by another name, laughing gas. The gas gets its name not because it will have you rolling on the floor with laughter, but rather because it puts the recipients in a euphoric state.
If you receive nitrous oxide, we will place a small mask over your nose. Then, all you have to do is breathe. You will start to feel the effects within minutes of inhaling the gas.
We will keep the mask on during your procedure. When you are finished, we simply turn off the gas and remove the mask. Within a few minutes, you will be ready to go on with your day.
➤ Oral conscious sedation
This is a more powerful form of sedation. With this, you take a pill about 30 minutes before your procedure. By the time your treatment begins, you may feel groggy or you may even fall asleep.
When your treatment is over, you must have a family member or friend at the office to take you home. The effects of oral conscious sedation last for a few hours, so you may want to rest after your procedure.
Get The Dental Care That You Need
Hopefully, you understand that brushing your teeth, flossing them, and visiting the dentist for regular cleanings is the best way to keep your mouth healthy.
If dental anxiety has been a problem, visit a dentist in Cincinnati who has a first-hand understanding of what that’s like. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Anderson Dental Care at (513) 231-7755 or use our online form to make an appointment.