Sleep Dentistry Can Rid You of Dental Anxiety
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
If you feel somewhat fearful about seeing the dentist, you may also avoid scheduling the care that can keep your smile healthy and attractive. Millions of people do this, but they don’t have to. Recently, dentists have become much more aware of the prevalence of dental anxiety. As this has happened, multiple forms of sleep dentistry have been developed. From experience, we can say that being sedated during your dental visit might be one of the best choices you ever make.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
It might be misleading to use the term “sleep dentistry” because some of the most common forms of sedation used in dental offices do not put patients into an unconscious state. In many instances, patients can find the anxiety relief they need with something as simple as nitrous oxide. Inhalation sedation has been in use for over 100 years and is appropriate for mild to moderate anxiousness. The other most common form of dental sedation is oral conscious sedation. This medication softens the central nervous system into a sense of calm.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Conveniently eases anxiety. Whether you choose nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation to improve your dental visits, the process will be convenient. Patients inhale nitrous oxide through a small nose mask throughout a given procedure. Effects occur quickly and disappear within minutes. Patients typically ingest oral conscious sedation, which takes longer to wear off, about an hour before a dental appointment. Due to the effects of oral sedatives, it is necessary to have someone drive you to the office.
- Safely reduces stress. Dental sedation has been used for decades and has been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. The two lighter forms of sedation do not inhibit breathing or swallowing. Furthermore, we monitor your vital signs throughout the course of care.
- Effectively improves dental care. The sedatives used in our office take effect quickly and wear off within a few hours (or minutes, depending on what you choose). In addition to the immediate reduction in nervousness, dental sedation also makes time appear to go by more quickly, so it feels as though very little time is spent in the office. Win-win!
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