If you experience extreme anxiety when you go to the dentist, even a toothache might not be enough to convince you to go there. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can make it easy again for you to get the dental care you need.
Sedation Dentistry and How it Works
When you have work done at the dentist, such as fillings or crowns, the dentist typically uses a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any discomfort while your teeth are being worked on. However, some people still experience a high level of anxiety. This anxiety can be so severe that they avoid the dentist even when they have important work that needs to be done.
With sedation dentistry, you receive additional assistance that will help you remain relaxed and comfortable while your teeth are being worked on. You’ll receive a pill to take a short time before your appointment, or you’ll receive nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation during your procedure. These options all leave you completely conscious and aware, but relaxed and comfortable. Time seems to move more quickly, so even if you have extensive or complicated work to be done, it will feel as if it’s over very quickly.
Sedation and Oral Surgery
Sedation is also a commonly used option for oral surgery. Again, some oral surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Pairing this type of anesthetic with sedation helps your surgery proceed more comfortably, easily, and quickly, with less stress and anxiety for you. It’s also easier for your surgeon or dentist, because you will be more relaxed and less likely to react in ways that could interfere with your treatment.
At the same time, you’ll be able to answer questions and respond to instructions. Sedation does not render you unconscious or interfere in any way with your awareness or your ability to communicate. Many people find it makes dental work or oral surgery much less difficult, even if they suffer from dental phobia.
Contact our experienced team at Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for more information about sedation dentistry today.