Don’t Let Dental Fear Ruin your Teeth and Gums


One of the biggest reasons that people do not schedule regular dental appointments is fear. Even with the Sedation Dentistry techniques available, some still avoid the dentist like the plague because they are scared to death of the dentist.

Thanks to modern dental technology you can feel at ease in the dentist chair with Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry is used by dentists to relax and calm patients who refuse treatment because of dental fear.

According to the American Dental Association, millions of people all over the globe have some sort of dental fear ranging from slight anxiety on the day of the appointment to breaking out in a sweat, becoming physically ill in anticipation.

Sedation Dentistry is used to help people relax and gives those who fear the dentist an experience that is free from anxiety.

Your dentist will tell you that Dental Sedation helps calm and relax patients using sedative drugs that include depressants, tranquillizers, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications.

Although IV sedation, or intravenous sedation that is delivered by injection into your blood stream used to be the most common form of Sedation Dentistry, Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas has surpassed IV sedation, which is both effective and safe when it is administered safely by a trained professional.

Laughing gas is the no needle method of Sedation Dentistry and is the only method that allows you to drive home after the procedure.

Sedation Dentistry can be used for all kinds of dental procedures for those who suffer from dental fear including a simple cleaning or a root canal. However, most treatments still require a local anesthetic as some types of Sedation Dentistry for dental fear, such as nitrous oxide, can actually increase your pain threshold.

Pills, from the valium family, are administered for moderate Sedation Dentistry. Taken the night before or an hour prior to your dental treatment, this type of Sedation Dentistry requires a drive home after your procedure.

For more information regarding Sedation Dentistry and what type is best for you and your dental fear, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Waiting until the pain is too much to handle will only make the procedures more invasive and much more costly.