Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons people avoid or delay professional dental care. At Stevens Dental, we understand this experience and are ready to help.
Fear of the dentist can stem from childhood traumatic experiences, fear of needles, generalized anxiety, or painful experiences in the past. No matter the source of your fear of anxiety, sedation can be a great solution. It can help make the dental experience less traumatic and more comfortable and relaxing. Sedation dentistry can also work well for lengthy, complex dental procedures like dental implants, so you remain comfortable throughout the treatment.
Nearly 36% of adults in the United States have a fear of the dentist, with about 12 percent having chronic anxiety.
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Sedation is beneficial because it helps reduce the fear associated with dental procedures. With our professional sedation treatment, you can expect to get the dental care you need in the most comfortable and calmest way possible.
Sedation can help speed up dental procedures by allowing our dentists to complete multiple treatments in one appointment.
Another essential benefit of sedation is that it reduces the discomfort associated with dental treatments. It can also minimize the need for pain medication.
First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens to discuss your medical history and sedation needs. The dentist will also discuss with you the sedation option that’s right for you.
Once you agree on the best sedation option, your dentist will give you instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. Usually, this includes recommendations to eat a light meal the night before, avoid alcohol prior to the procedure, and avoid certain foods and beverages. During treatment, your dentist will monitor you closely and continuously adjust the amount of medication administered.
After treatment, you will be monitored for some time to ensure the medication has fully worn off. When you’re ready to go, you’ll be given instructions on how to care for your mouth in the next few days until you completely heal.
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Generally, sedation is safe when administered by a professional dentist. However, you should discuss any potential risks with your dentist before the procedure.
There are many different types of sedation dentistry, but the most common ones are oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
Anyone with severe dental phobia can benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation may also be right for you if you need intensive dental work, have sensitive teeth, or have a low pain threshold.