Do you or anyone you know suffer from odontophobia?
You might. That’s the technical term for fear of dentistry. While the definition may be simple, understanding dental anxiety can be a bit more complicated.
Our dentists in Edgewood, KY, are well aware that no two patients are alike. This means that the reason you feel anxious about sitting in a dentist’s chair may be very different from the patient who sits in the chair after you.
Fortunately, we have a solution that works for many of our patients. Sedation dentistry helps you stay relaxed so you can receive the dental care that you need and deserve.
▶ 1. Sedation Dentistry Prevents Pain
If it’s been awhile since your last visit to the dentist, then you may not be aware of all the changes that have been made in dental care. We’ve heard from patients who had to endure painful treatments when they were younger, and that pain — or fear of that pain — has made it difficult for them to return to any dentist office.
In modern dentistry, we have better techniques for providing pain-free treatment. We also have sedation dentistry.
When you are under the effects of any of our sedation options, you can feel confident that you won’t feel anything. One of the primary benefits of dental sedation is that it blocks those painful feelings.
▶ 2. Sedation Dentistry Prevent Gagging
Pain isn’t the only thing that makes patients hesitant to receive dental care. If you are someone with a hypersensitive gag reflex, you may look at the dentist office with dread, too.
There’s no way around the fact that dental care involves people using tools inside your mouth to clean your teeth and gums. We understand why someone who gags easily might be wary of sitting in a dentist’s chair.
We also know that dental sedation can alleviate this concern. Sedation helps in two ways. It helps you stay relaxed, and it numbs your senses. This way, you probably won’t notice what is happening during your treatment, which means you are much less likely to experience a gag response.
▶ 3. You Won’t Remember Much With Sedation Dentistry
Some people are so fearful of dental care that they do not want to remember anything about it.
You may remember what happened just before the sedation took effect, but we won’t start your dental care until we know you are feeling those effects.
Depending on the type of sedation, you may remember nothing or just a few things about your dental care. Whether or not your remember anything, you will still receive the same benefits for your oral health.
Kinds Of Dental Sedation
We offer three levels of sedation dentistry at our practice. This allows us to help patients with mild to severe dental anxiety.
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas.” This is inhaled through a mask that covers your nose. It takes effect quickly, and it wears off quickly as well. If you have mild dental anxiety, this may be a great option to help you get through a dental cleaning or other procedure.
Oral sedation is a step up in terms of strength. Oral sedation is as simple as swallowing a pill prior to your appointment. For your safety, you must have someone else drive you to and from your appointment.
With oral sedation, the effects are stronger and they last longer than nitrous oxide. If you choose oral sedation, then you should plan on resting for at least a few hours when you get home.
IV sedation is the highest level of sedation that we offer. Typically, this is used for patients who are undergoing complex or long procedures, although it may be an option for patients with extreme dental fear.
Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation takes effect quickly. Like oral sedation, those effects can last for hours, so again, you will need to arrange for someone else to take you home if you receive IV sedation.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
A great way to find out is to schedule a consultation at Edgewood Dental Care. Before you make an appointment for a cleaning, talk to one of our dental professionals about your concerns.
Together, we believe we can find a way to help you get the dental care that you need.
Call (859) 474-7830 or use our online form to learn more about our dental sedation.