Many people experience anxiety when they visit the dental office. Sometimes this anxiety is so severe that they avoid dental checkups for years at a time, endangering the health of their teeth. Fortunately, today’s sedation dentistry techniques can help you overcome your anxiety and relax while you have your teeth worked on.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry involves the use of a sedative to help you relax completely during your visit to the dentist. This is usually administered in the form of a pill, or your dentist might use nitrous oxide. In some cases, intravenous sedation might be preferred. The type of sedation is determined by your dentist according to your preferences and the type of procedure to be performed.
Sedation does not render you unconscious, but it helps you relax completely and makes time seem to go by more quickly. You will be able to respond to questions and directions but will feel no nervousness or fear. When your procedure is finished, you should have someone drive you home afterward if you have had a sedative pill. If you’ve received nitrous oxide, the effects will wear off quick, so you can drive yourself home. However, if you have any concerns about your ability to drive, be sure to arrange for a ride.
Advantages of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry provides numerous advantages for those who panic at the mere thought of entering a dental office. If you’ve put off dental work for months or even years due to your anxiety, you might be able to have several procedures done at once with the help of sedation. For example, if you have several cavities or require more than one crown, you can probably take care of them in a single visit. Not only will you not be anxious during your work, but you won’t have to worry about having to see the dentist again right away.
It’s very important to visit your dentist regularly and have any problems taken care of promptly. Sedation dentistry can help you catch up on neglected dental work and remove the anxiety that keeps you away from the dentist.
Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery offers sedation to ease any fears from a patient. If you have questions about your upcoming appointment, contact one of our friendly team members today!