If you are avoiding the dentist because of anxiety, you’re not alone. Millions of people postpone or avoid dental care altogether because of their anxiety. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable. Putting off dental care leads to worse dental problems (which, ironically, can increase your anxiety), and can even lead to widespread health problems. The good news is that sedation dentistry can allow you to relax through dental visits so that you can get the dental care you need or the cosmetic dentistry you desire. And sedation dentistry can help people who experience other unpleasant feelings at the dentist as well.
Not Just Anxiety: Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry
Although anxiety is the most common reason why people want sedation dentistry, there are many other reasons why you might benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can help if you have:
- Difficulty getting numb
- Excess discomfort during or after dental procedures
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty sitting still
- Sore jaw, back, or buttocks during or after dental procedures
- Need to schedule long dental procedure
Many of these are actually symptoms of low-level dental anxiety. It’s not enough to keep you out of the chair, but it makes you tense up during treatment, which can make you more resistant to local anesthesia and sensitive to discomfort. Tensing muscles or moving excessively during treatment can be part of anxiety or it can be just your natural condition.
Sedation dentistry also helps you schedule complex dental procedures because it will help you sit still for a longer procedure.
Oral Sedation: A Simple Solution
Oral sedation is one of the easiest imaginable solutions to dental anxiety and related problems. Just take a pill before coming into our office and by the time you get here you will be in a relaxed state. You will be awake, and able to respond to instructions, but you won’t have anxiety and you won’t remember much about your procedure. Oral sedation is very, very safe, and there are only a small number of people who are not candidates.
The main limitation of oral sedation is that it can be hard to predict how long oral sedation lasts and even harder to extend dosage once we’ve started. We might want to do a couple visits before scheduling a long procedure just to make sure we’ve got your dosage right. You will also need someone to take you to and from your dental appointment.
Nitrous Sedation Dentistry
We also offer nitrous oxide inhaled sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide also works very well and is very safe for most people. Nitrous allows us to ensure you are sedated for your entire procedure, even if it’s longer than expected, and you’re able to drive yourself to and from our office. Unfortunately, it can’t help if your anxiety starts before you come to the office.
If you would like to learn more about your sedation dentistry options in Tulsa, OK, please contact Winters Dental Excellence today for an appointment.