Although going to the dentist is a common occurrence, some people experience intense anxiety when faced with the idea of visiting the dental office. Our dentist serving Las Colinas provides sedation dentistry to help reduce anxiety and calm fears.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
If you suffer from dental anxiety, even a simple cleaning can be uncomfortable and difficult for you. Sedation dentistry counteracts this anxiety using a mild sedative or nitrous oxide. While you are in the dentist’s chair, you will be completely relaxed. At the same time, you will remain aware of what the dentist is doing, and will be able to answer any questions or respond to instructions.
If you receive a sedative for the duration of your dental appointment, you will need to be sure that someone is available to take you home afterward. The sedative, administered in pill form, takes some time to leave your system. If, however, you choose nitrous oxide, it will clear your system quickly, and you will be able to drive home on your own. If you feel uncomfortable at all about driving, though, be sure to arrange for a ride.
Other Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
If you suffer from dental anxiety, you might have put off dental work for quite some time as a result. If you suspect you need considerable work, this might make you even more reluctant to visit the dentist, leading to a vicious cycle.
With sedation dentistry, you are totally relaxed, and time seems to move more quickly. This helps the dentist work more efficiently. Often, your dentist can perform a variety of necessary work in a single visit while you are relaxed under sedation. You will be able to get caught up with necessary work and know that, going forward, you will be able to visit the dentist regularly without anxiety.
To find out more about how sedation dentistry can help you overcome your dental anxiety and regain your dental health, please contact our offices for an appointment.