Does the thought of visiting the dentist feel you with fear? Would you rather suffer the pain of a toothache than go to a dental office? Do you feel nervous or anxious leading up to or during dental treatments? You are not alone. Dental anxiety is a problem that many people have. Maybe you have had a bad experience in a dental office in the past. Perhaps you simply fear because you do not understand the procedure. Those who have dental fears do not have to suffer in silence! Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry and how it can help you.
Nitrous oxide, which is commonly known as laughing gas, is an inhaled sedation. Your dentist will place a mask over your mouth and nose, through which you will breathe a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. The gas will help ease your anxieties and help you to relax. After your procedure, the gas will wear off quickly, so you will be able to drive yourself home.
Another sedation option is called oral sedation. Your dentist will prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before the procedure. The level of sedation is controlled by the dosage prescribed. You will remain awake, but will be drowsy. Some patients become groggy enough to fall asleep during treatment, but they are easy to wake with a gentle shake.
If you suffer from dental fears, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Sedation will allow you to relax and be comfortable during every dental treatment.