Does the thought of an upcoming dental appointment fill you with inexplicable sense of panic? Even if you don’t suspect you have any oral health problems, and even if you love your dentist—dental appointments can be nerve-wracking, uncomfortable affairs. Many people experience such extreme dental anxiety that they avoid going to the dentist for years. That’s no way to take care of your teeth and gums!
So, what can you do to alleviate your dental anxiety and still get the care you need? Find a dentist who offers dental sedation to make your appointments more comfortable and easy!
Are you looking for a San Diego dentist who provides dental sedation? General and cosmetic dentist Dr. David Eshom is your man! Call our office at (858) 455-9151 to inquire about sedation during your next check-up or dental procedure.
Dental Sedation is an excellent option for patients who experience:
- Anxiety before or during dental appointments
- Physical discomfort or “antsiness” in the dental chair
- A sensitive gag reflex
- Fear of needles and oral pain
- Sensitivity to the sounds and bright lights in a dental office
- Feelings of panic
- Boredom and irritability during dental work
- Long appointments for multiple procedures
What is Dental Sedation?
Sedation during dental appointments comes in several forms. It can include mild anti-anxiety medications that help you relax (oral sedation), nitrous oxide gas, or greater levels of anesthesia. Deeper levels of anesthesia are usually reserved for long, complex procedures and oral surgery. Most patients experience a drastically different experience at the dentist with oral sedation and/or nitrous oxide gas.
Oral Sedation – This form of sedation comes in a pill, which will be given before the appointment begins. The medications used for oral sedation are similar to those commonly prescribed to nervous flyers and those who experience panic attacks. They do not induce a state of unconsciousness, but merely help you relax and have an easier appointment. Since oral sedation may impair your ability to drive, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Gas – This form of sedation comes in the form of a nose mask that is worn during treatment. Nitrous oxide gas is very safe, and has been used for its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety properties in medical and dental settings for more than a century. It is delivered with a steady stream of oxygen, and there are few reported side-effects associated with its use. Even most small children can use nitrous oxide with no risks to their health. Once the appointment is over, it leaves the system quickly. You will feel like yourself again in minutes, and can even drive yourself home.
Why Suffer? Dental Sedation Makes Appointments Easy
It’s no secret to the dental industry that most patients do not enjoy dental appointments! Even though it may feel good to get the care you need, it’s not always comfortable sitting with your mouth open for long periods of time. Many patients panic at the sounds and bright lights we use, and no one enjoys the thought of needles. Dental sedation can help make your appointment less traumatic by reducing your anxiety and physical discomfort. Many patients become so relaxed that they even fall asleep naturally.
If you’re ready to try a stress-free dental appointment, contact San Diego dentist Dr. David Eshom. We look forward to introducing you to an appointment that will change how you feel about getting the oral care and dental treatments you need.Leave a reply