Options in sedation dentistry
Often, a planned and necessary trip to the dentist is dreaded and deep anxiety sets in. This is labeled dental anxiety and is quite common when a person feels uncomfortable when put in a dental chair where they feel vulnerable.
When your dentist is conscious of the existence of dental anxiety, there are some methods that can be used to alleviate this type of stress. It may be simply a matter of discussing the up and coming dental event so as to stave off the dental anxiety. If the dental anxiety is more severe, then safe sedation dentistry techniques can be used to relax the patient and make the experience virtually pain and anxiety-free.
The majority of dentists will opt to prescribe a sedative which is taken through the mouth before the start of treatment. If the person’s anxiety is extreme, the dentist may decide to prescribe a sedative that is to be taken while at home and one hour before going to bed the night prior to the appointment. These oral conscious sedation methods are the most effective in managing milder forms of anxiety.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
The conscious sedative which is used is nitrous oxide and oxygen and has been used in sedation techniques in the dentistry field for generations and is still made use of by 35 percent of all U.S.A. dentists in dental anxiety cases that are only mild or moderate.
It should be emphasized that not every dentist employs conscious sedation methods as a way of relieving dental anxiety and fears. It is extremely important for patients to make sure their concerns and dental phobias are explained to the dentist on their first visit to the dental office. Ask if your dentist is experienced and certified in sedation dentistry.
If you or a member of your family is worried about a planned dental visit and are interested in discussing sedation techniques, then you should not hesitate to Contact the dental offices of Dr. VanderMolen, Advanced Dental Care, at (217) 546-3333 to discuss the options available to you.