7. Get Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry, also called “sleep dentistry,” does not necessarily cause unconsciousness. Instead, it is an approach to dentistry that provides those with mild to severe dental phobia with the peace of mind to undergo needed dental procedures.
One method of sedation dentistry involves a prescribed oral sedative to use before a visit. The sedative puts the patient in a state of relaxation and calm. Other methods can include the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which offers a mild form of sedation, or IV sedation for those with severe dental phobia. IV sedation, only offered by dentists with specific training and equipment, allows for deeper levels of sedation and can work quickly and give you more control over your sedation levels.
Over the long-term, it can have the effect of helping to eliminate dental anxiety altogether.
Other benefits can include:
- Controlling a gag reflex
- Less pain
- Avoiding muscle soreness
Sedation dentistry can also make larger procedures more convenient by consolidating appointments into one, longer appointment.