Dental anxiety. It’s hard for many adults to admit to having it, making it so easy for them to pass on the vital dental care we all must regularly receive in order to keep our teeth in old age. Sedation dentistry is one of the most effective solutions at quelling dental anxieties, yet not enough people inquire about it due to a lack of awareness. If you struggle with dental anxieties, then it’s time you got familiar with the efficacy and benefits of sedation dentistry.
Cool, Calm, Comfortable
The shakes, the panicky feeling and the lack of focus you feel welling up ahead of any dental procedure will begin to quickly fade away as you receive a dose of a sedative through an IV line. With IV sedation, your dental staff can administer a precise dose of a sedative that’s been measured out based on your body type, current health, medical history and other factors. As your procedure wraps up, you should begin to feel the sedative fading.
Stay Up with Conscious Sedation
A popular misconception about IV sedation is that it’ll put you to sleep during your procedure, as you would if you received general anesthesia. But while IV sedation can make you drowsy, you’ll most likely stay awake during your procedure. This is known as conscious sedation. Though your response time may be slowed, you probably won’t fall asleep during your procedure.
Gag Reflex? No Worries.
If you’ve got an overactive gag reflex, sedation dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX can help keep it under control during your procedure.
If you’ve got a fear of needles, ask your dentist if an oral sedative or nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) is offered. If so, you can get much of the same result as getting IV sedation. However, the time it takes for your oral sedative to kick in will add to the length of your appointment and neither method is as precise and customizable as IV sedation.