These days, there are so many types of dentistry treatments available to improve the health, function, and appearance of your smile. Cosmetic, restorative, reparative, orthodontic and endodontic procedures are changing people’s lives. Yet there is still a large portion of the population that avoids seeking necessary dental treatments because of a debilitating fear. If you suffer from dental anxiety, rest assured that you can have a pleasant experience in a dentist’s chair without fear, anxiety or pain. Your dentist can accomplish this by administering a local anesthetic to block the senses or by prescribing medication to help keep you at ease. In some cases, both measures are needed to ensure maximum relaxation and comfort. This is especially true for patients who fear needles that deliver the calming aesthetics. Fortunately, there are several types of sedation dentistry including inhalation, oral and intravenous.
People who are afraid of visiting a dentist have a lower threshold for pain as their guard goes up. The more they anticipate that a dental treatment will hurt, the hypersensitive they become to every sensation including touch and sound. If this describes your experience in a dental office, you might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. You can receive sedatives before and/or during your visit to help melt away fear and anxiety.
Before sedation dentistry can be recommended, your dentist will request a complete health and dental history from you. This must include all medications, both non-prescription, and prescription. It is also important to know if you drink or smoke. On the day of your scheduled procedure, you may need to arrange a ride to and from the office as certain medications may impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help ease your dental anxiety, contact the friendly staff at Kay's Dental clinic today. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, you can use our online booking form right now!