If you experience anxiety when going to the dentist, even for regular visits – don’t worry! You are not alone! Anxiety or trepidation about the dentist is very common. Even though advancements in dental technology had drastically decreased the amount of pain experienced during treatment and increased the levels of comfort, people are still afraid.
Despite these advancements, there is a solution that dentists can offer called sedation dentistry that can help to eliminate that fear entirely! During this procedure, the patient is administered a type of sedation that reduces anxiety while in the dental chair. There are even options to be ‘asleep’ during the entire procedure.
What Qualifies as Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to practice of dental procedures where the patient is sedated using various methods to ensure a quick and pain-free dental procedure. Sedation can range from a level where the patient is awake but calm, to a general anesthesia where they are entirely unconscious. At BrightView Dental, we help you determine the appropriate level for each patient.
What are the Types of Sedation Dentistry?
There are several different types of Sedation Dentistry:
- Nitrous Oxide – Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is administered using a facemask connected to a regulated tank. This sedation allows the patient to relax while remaining co-operative. Nitrous oxide sedation is typically used in cases of mild to moderate anxiety. It also wears off quickly so the patient can resume their daily activities.
- General Anesthesia – A combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state before a dental procedure. Under general anethesia, you’re completely unconscious so it is sometimes recommended when a longer dental procedure is needed for a patient with a high level of anxiety. General anesthesia usually uses a combination of intravenous drugs and inhaled gasses.
Don’t let your fear of the dentist hold you bad from taking care of your oral health. Contact our office, located conveniently in Strathroy and articulate your fears to our staff. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide information regarding sedation dentistry options for you in in Strathroy.