2013 is just around the corner, which means you should have a dental check-up in the near future. But what if that thought makes you squirm with anxiety or fear? (It’s okay to admit it — 30 to 40 million American adults struggle with the same feelings about sitting in the dentist’s chair.) There’s good news: With sedation dentistry, you can get in and get out without so much as breaking a sweat.
Sedation dentistry refers to methods dentists use to induce a deeply relaxed state for nervous, fearful or restless patients. Although sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” patients are actually awake, yet are so relaxed that after the procedure they feel like they just had a nap or that the procedure lasted just minutes. Most report not feeling any pain at all.
While sedation dentistry is typically used by dentists during lengthy or invasive procedures, it can also be administered during a regular cleaning. It all depends on the patient’s degree of anxiety and the type of procedure being done.
Wondering if you’d be a candidate for sedation dentistry? Ask yourself if any of the following apply to you:
- Extra-sensitive teeth
- Low pain threshold
- Fear of needles
- Difficulty getting numb
- Anxiety about dentist’s office or equipment
- Traumatic past dental experiences
- Difficulty sitting still in dentist’s chair (includes patients with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s)
Ultimately your dentist will decide what sedation technique is right for you after he thoroughly reviews your medical history.
Don’t let anxiety or fear keep you from getting a beautiful smile. If you are in the Sugar Land area, give our office a call to find out more about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment.