Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sedation?
Do you avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety? Have you had a negative dental experience and are now hesitant to try again? If you answered yes, then you may be a candidate for dental sedation. Dental sedation has allowed many patients to get the quality dental care they need and deserve, despite their nerves!
What Is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation is a common technique for patients who feel anxious or nervous during dental visits. Contrary to belief, dental sedation is not just for lengthy or major dental procedures! And dental sedation is not only just for adults.
Dental sedation is a safe, easy, and highly effective way to manage nervous or anxious patients during any treatment. Our office offers several types of sedation, including:
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation
- Nitrous oxide
Dental Sedation Candidate
Dental sedation is beneficial for most patients, especially patients with:
- High dental fear and anxiety
- Strong gag reflex
- Chronic jaw pain
- Behavioral or physical limitations
- Fear of needles
Is Dental Sedation Safe?
Dental anxiety or nerves often prevents dental visits or dental work. When it’s severe, it becomes a problem as your oral health can begin to affect your overall wellness. To ensure your safety with dental sedation, our team will go over your health history before sedation. If you are a candidate with good health, we monitor your vital signs before, during, and after sedation for a safe treatment. We will also direct you on how to prepare for sedation to have the most effective treatment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Besides making treatments less intimidating and forgettable, the benefits of sedation include:
- Ease of dental procedures
- No sense of sound
- Minimal discomfort
Never Miss a Dental Visit with Dental Sedation
Do you think you can benefit from sedation dentistry? Let us know. At North Richland Hills Dentistry, we’re here to make your visit more comfortable and effective.
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How Sedation Dentistry Can Ease Your Dental Anxiety
Raise your hand if the thought of going to the dentist makes you anxious. It’s not something that you should be embarrassed about. Many people have dental anxiety, and as dental professionals, we’re trained to work with patients who may not feel as comfortable in the dental chair. In addition to choosing a dentist who you can trust and who makes you feel at ease, there’s another option to help ease your dental anxiety: sedation dentistry
What Is Dental Sedation
Sedation dentistry is a scope of dentistry that involves using medication to help patients feel calm and relaxed throughout their treatment. What exactly that medication is depends on what you and your dentist discuss. There are different levels of sedation available with levels ranging from mild to moderate too deep. For example: Have you ever heard of laughing gas? The formal name for it is nitrous oxide and that’s considered a mild form of dental sedation.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Depending on what kind of dental sedation you get; you can feel different things. You may feel totally calm throughout your body, you may feel an overall feeling of comfort or contentment, and you may even feel so relaxed that you actually doze off. In general, sedation dentistry is there to let your worries float away so you can sit through your dental procedure without any stress or fear. Many people under dental sedation feel like their appointment went by in the blink of an eye, which certainly helps you to get through it too!
Ask Your Dentist About Sedation Dentistry
If dental anxiety has stopped you in the past from taking care of your smile the way it should be taken care of, then we welcome you to North Richland Hills Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry where we provide comfortable sedation dentistry. Our team would be happy to answer any questions you have about your dental sedation options!
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Why Am I Afraid of the Dentist?
If you’ve been putting off a visit to Dr. Desai because you’re afraid of the dentist, you’re not alone. Some studies show that around 15% of Americans avoid visiting the dentist because they are afraid or anxious. Today, we want to identify a few common causes of dental phobia and share some knowledge that may help you overcome it so you can get the care you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Common Causes of Dental Fear:
Often, our patients mention that they are afraid of getting their teeth examined or undergoing certain procedures because they believe it will hurt. Whether this belief is the result of some previous traumatic experience at the dentist or based on depictions in the media, our team will reassure you that we take every precaution to make sure that your visit is as comfortable, pain-free, and stress-free as possible. Moreover, ask us about our dental sedation options that can help you remain relaxed throughout your visit!
We understand that the dentist’s chair may feel like a vulnerable place to be. For that reason, we encourage our patients to familiarize themselves with our team and our office, and to ask questions before, during, and after their appointment. We will take extra time to explain exactly what will occur during any given procedure, and we can help you figure out the best payment options for your unique situation.
How to Manage Dental Anxiety:
There are many things you can do to help ease your fear of the dentist:
1. Choose North Richland Hills Dentistry as your dentist, because we understand your worries concerning feelings of pain and helplessness. We hope that after meeting Dr. Desai, making yourself at home in our welcoming office, checking out our patient amenities, and receiving quality care from our compassionate team, you'll feel less dental anxiety.
2. Try breathing and relaxation techniques.
3. Listen to soothing music.
4. Get a good night's sleep the day before your appointment so can you feel alert and refreshed.
5. Bring a friend to help you feel more comfortable during your dental treatment.
We Want to Help You Get the Dental Care You Need!
Do you have any other strategies you’ve used to help overcome your fear of the dentist? We want to hear from you! To learn more about how our team will help you feel safe, comfortable, and confident during your next dental appointment or to schedule a visit to our office, contact us today.