For many, the dentist is the last place they want to end up. Although most dental appointments aren’t painful, many expect them to be, and others are off put by the possible discomfort — even if that discomfort comes from a standard evaluation, which are necessary in order to avoid complications like gum disease. Though many would describe the dentist as “unpleasant,” there are others still that feel terror at the dentist. Those that possess this phobia may find it embarrassing. It seems easier to avoid altogether by simply not visiting a dentist than it is to talk about it. Dental anxiety and phobia are fairly common, and cause around 9-15 percent of Americans avoid the dentist.
If you’re among those who are terrified by the dentist, sedation dentistry along with other approaches provide the understanding and care you require.
What is 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 is providing patients with a prescribed oral sedative to use before a visit that 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.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Do you have anxiety that has kept you from the dentist in the past? Do you already suffer from an anxiety disorder? If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, scheduling an appointment is an important next step. Find a local dentist who can offer understanding and compassionate dental care. It can save you from more costly (and scary) treatment down the road. During a consultation, you dentist can go over your sedation dentistry options, and answer any questions you may have.
Give us a call at (907) 349-0022 or contact us to meet our team at Excellence in Dentistry today. We look forward to helping you if you are in the Anchorage, Alaska area!