Ease Your Fears About Your Next Dental Visit
A Relaxed Experience With Sedation Dentistry
If you experience fear and anxiety when you think about visiting the dentist, you’re not alone. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, nearly 30 percent of American adults admit to associating dental visits with feelings of discomfort and pain. This fear can be so great that it actually hinders patients from maintaining their oral health. Sedation dentistry allows patients to put their fears aside, by using sedative drugs to help patients relax during their treatment.
Sedation dentistry works by putting patients into a calm state of mind. While sedated, patients feel relaxed and at ease, and with the use of localized pain medication, do not feel any pain that may be associated with the specific procedure that they are receiving. In addition, sedation often allows individuals to tune out the sounds of the dentist office that can sometimes create anxiety. Sedation dentistry makes it easy for everyone, even the most fearful patients, to receive quality dental care.
Types Of Sedation Dentistry
are used to tackle the anxiety that a patient feels. These take some time to go into effect and can be administered up to one hour before a patient’s appointment. Often times, a patient may fall asleep when oral sedation is used. Patients simply take a small pill, making this method safe and effective.
more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient to put them in a relaxed state of mind. This sedation method works immediately and has minimal lingering side effects. Dr. Kilimitzoglou can also control the level of sedation throughout the procedure.
involves injecting sedatives directly into the bloodstream through a needle. This form of sedation dentistry works instantly and offers patients the deepest level of sedation. IV sedation is most commonly used for patients who experience severe anxiety or discomfort, or for lengthy dental procedures. Patients enter a sleep-like state and typically have no recollection of the procedure.