A fear of going to the dentist is quite common. If you have a fear of going to the dentist, keep reading to find out about sedation dentistry, a fear-free dental option.
Anxiety And Fear Can Take A Toll On Your Oral Health
If you delay or stop going to the dentist because of your fears, you set yourself up for oral health problems. Even if you brush and floss every day, only a dental professional can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove all the plaque and tartar.
Gum disease, tooth decay, the need for root canals, and other lengthy treatments increase when you don’t visit the dentist at least twice a year. Now you have an option.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help a fearful patient relax before and during any type of procedure, including a simple cleaning. Depending on the level of fear, Manhattan Dental Arts has several options to both relax you and make sure you feel nothing throughout the treatment.
For those who are even fearful of the injection into the site of treatment, this can be a “game changer.”
Types Of Sedation
There are four levels of sedation:
- Inhaled minimal sedation has patients breathe nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen from a mask over the nose. This helps dental patients relax throughout. Because the gas dissipates quickly, you can drive yourself to and from the treatment.
- Oral sedation ranges from minimal to moderate. Minimal sedation is usually a halcion pill, similar to valium, given to the patient an hour prior to the treatment. It will cause drowsiness, but the patient is still awake. A higher dose can produce moderate sedation. Some people actually fall asleep during a procedure, but they are easily awakened. With this type of sedation you will require a driver.
- IV sedation is received through a vein and is faster than other forms.
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia can be administered to some patients. They become deeply asleep and remain that way until the anesthesia wears off.
If you are truly fearful of going to the dentist, talk with Manhattan Dental Arts in Manhattan, NY to determine which type would be best for you.
If you are looking for a fear-free dental option, contact Manhattan Dental Arts at (212) 247-2330 to discuss the level of dental sedation you may need. The highly trained dental experts at Manhattan Dental Arts offer sedation dentistry to help patients relax before and during dental cleanings and procedures. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office in the upper west side today!