Are you one of the estimated 20 percent of Americans who have dental anxiety?
Is your anxiety so severe that you have trouble making a dental appointment, much less visiting a dentist office for a cleaning or other procedure?
Are you worried that the doctor will find something because you haven’t had a dental exam in so long?
If you said yes to one or more of these questions, we want to help. At Advanced Dental Associates, you will find a non-judgemental staff who wants nothing more than to help you feel comfortable and to help you have the healthiest mouth possible.
Sedation dentistry is one of the ways we can do that for you. For many patients, dental sedation allows them to get the care they need without anxiety or fear.
Three Reasons You May Want To Try Dental Sedation
No two people are exactly alike. If we started making a list of reasons people fear the dentist, it could get pretty long.
At the same time, some concerns are more common than others. Here are the three that come up frequently.
◼︎ You don’t want to feel any pain.
This is perfectly understandable. We don’t want to cause you any pain, either.
With modern dentistry, there are new tools and techniques that make it easier to perform most common procedures with little or no pain whatsoever.
But if you want to be absolutely sure that you won’t feel anything, then dental sedation may be the best option for you. When you are sedated, you will be so relaxed that you won’t feel any pain at all during your procedure, whether it’s a cleaning or something more complex.
◼︎ You don’t want to gag.
Some people have a particularly sensitive gag reflex. When you consider that dentistry involves doing work on your teeth and mouth, it makes sense that fear of gagging might keep you away from the office.
Fortunately, this is another benefit of sedation dentistry. When you are sedated, you are less likely to feel the things that could trigger that gag reflex.
This makes it easier for you to receive dental care and for the professional providing that care.
◼︎ You feel anxious sitting in a dentist’s chair.
We know this is general, but people express anxiety in many ways. Some are fidgety. Some become almost unresponsive like a deer in the headlights.
When you are sedated, you are able to relax and remain calm. Depending on the type of sedation, you may even feel as if you are asleep and not remember anything about your treatment.
Again, you can call us at 210-819-5233 to learn more about how dental sedation could help you.
Types Of Sedation Dentistry
At Advanced Dental Associates, patients have the option of three kinds of dental sedation. The right kind for you may vary depending on your anxiety level and the specific procedure you are receiving.
With that in mind, here’s a short description of the sedation options at our office.
► Nitrous oxide
You may know this better as laughing gas. It both takes effect and wears off quickly.
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose. By breathing normally, you will begin to feel its effects within a matter of minutes. You will remain in a relaxed and euphoric state as long as you continue breathing this gas.
When we are finished, we simply turn the gas off. Through your normal breathing, you will exhale any gas that remains in your lungs. In a few minutes, you will feel like yourself again.
► Oral conscious sedation
This is another simple sedation method. You take a pill prior to your appointment. By the time we are ready to begin, you will be so relaxed that you may not recall any details of your treatment.
You will, however, need someone to drive you to and from our office since the effects of this medication can last for a few hours.
► IV sedation
This is the strongest level of sedation we offer. It’s best used for patients undergoing complicated treatments.
While it takes effect quickly, those effects can last for a while after your treatment is over. For this reason, you should arrange for someone else to take you home.
Could Sedation Help You Return To The Dentist?
To find out, contact our dentist office in San Antonio. You can fill out our online form or you can call 210-819-5233.