Fearing going to the dentist is a common thing. In fact, there’s even a name for it. It’s called dentophobia. If you fear going to the dentist, the dental professionals at Downtown Dental Studio in New York City can help.
With sedation dentistry, you can sleep while your dental professional cleans your teeth or treats your dental issues. Read on to learn what sedation dentistry involves and how it may be able to help you.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the practice of providing oral health care while the patient sleeps. Before your dental procedure — whether it’s a routine cleaning or a root canal — you are sedated so you can relax throughout your appointment.
What are the sedation methods?
There are different types of sedation methods, but only one type will render you unconscious: general anesthesia. Your dentist will likely only use general anesthesia — which is usually administered intravenously — if you have severe anxiety or if your dental procedure requires it.
Otherwise, your dentist may give you nitrous oxide through a mask or give you oral sedation. Nitrous oxide — also called laughing gas — is a gas that will make you feel drowsy, but you will still be awake during your procedure. It may also make you feel silly or in a dreamlike state. Similarly, with oral sedation, you will stay awake, but you won’t feel anything during your procedure.
Your doctor will discuss sedation options with you and recommend the best option for your situation. Whatever type of sedation you receive, you’ll need to have someone drive you home.
Who can get sedation dentistry?
Anyone who experiences fear or anxiety regarding dental care — especially if that fear or anxiety means skipping routine cleanings or ignoring pain — can benefit from sedation dentistry. Here are some common reasons patients seek sedation dentistry:
- Phobia of dental procedures
- Past bad experiences at another dental office
- Oral pain or sensitivity
- General anxiety disorder
- A tendency to gag during dental work
- Nausea during dental procedures
To learn more about sedation dentistry at Downtown Dental Studio, book an appointment online or over the phone today.