According to some studies, as many as 8% to 15% of people experience some form of dental anxiety. Their fear can lead to them avoiding the dentist completely, which allows minor problem to grow more severe and impact the healthy and stability of their smile. In order to help patients with dental fears, we may recommend sedation.
Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation
We have two very different options available to help. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask over the nose. The gas helps the patient enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. We can adjust the amount of sedative throughout the procedure and once the procure ends, the effects wear off almost immediately. In fact, patients can often return to work or school after.
Oral sedation is for cases of more severe anxiety, or those with complications that make undergoing routine care difficult, such as an overactive gag reflex or developmental issues. The pill is taken hours before the procedure and helps the patient enter a very relaxed state. Again, there will be no memory of the procedure after. The effects will take time to wear off, so the patient may need to arrangements for a friend or family member to bring him or her home. Patients should also avoid heavy meals in the six to eight hours prior to the procedure.
When Do We Recommend Sedation?
We can help patients of all ages with dental anxiety or a fear of the dentist, whether their nervousness is minor or severe. Don’t let your fears prevent you from enjoying a healthy and beautiful smile. Talk to our team today. We’ll look at your current health, your medical history, and other factors to decide which option is best for you.
Do You Want to Learn More About Our Calming Solutions?
Dr. George at Plano Dental Loft can help address your anxiety and ensure you enjoy a calm and relaxed visit. To schedule an appointment with Dr. George at Plano Dental Loft, contact us today by calling our office at 469-269-6190.