Learn About Sedation To Overcome Your Fear Of The Dentist
Do you dream of being able to visit the dentist and get through an appointment without anxiety or fear? If so, you are not alone. There are many people who experience some form of anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. The problem arises when it keeps them from getting the dental care they need. We offer sedation dentistry to help our anxious patients during their dental treatments. The level of sedation needed is determined by your anxiety level and the treatment you will be receiving. In addition to explaining more about sedation dentistry, we are going to answer some common questions we receive. Read on to learn more.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental nerves and anxiety are not uncommon. However, it can cause patients to delay or postpone necessary treatments. When routine examinations and treatments are continuously avoided, it can lead to a vicious cycle of potential dental emergencies and lengthy treatments, which brings back the nervous feelings and avoidance. We offer minimal as well as moderate sedation. Minimal sedation refers to nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, while moderate sedation refers to oral conscious sedation.
Common Questions and Answers About Sedation
We want to answer some of the more common questions and answers we receive about sedation dentistry.
Will someone need to accompany me to my appointment?
- If you are receiving minimal sedation, you are able to drive to and from your appointment. However, if you are receiving oral sedation, you will need to be driven to and from your appointment. It will be unsafe for you to operate a vehicle.
How long will I remain sedated?
- The length of sedation time varies with each person. You will remain sedated for the entire length of the procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide stop as soon as the gas is removed. For those who receive oral sedation, it is best to have someone stay with you after the appointment until you are fully recovered. We would recommend not making plans for the remainder of the day.
Will I be unconscious?
- One of the best aspects of oral sedation is that you will be extremely relaxed yet remain conscious and able to answer questions. It is common for patients not to remember their time in our office or the details of the treatment while under sedation.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry, please contact our office, which is located in Denton, MD, to schedule an appointment. We will further explain your options and look at the dental treatments needed to find the perfect sedation for your needs.