If you have either anxiety or a phobia about having dental work 7, then you’re not alone. A recent study shows that between 9 and 15 percent of the population avoid visiting the dentist because it either makes them feel uncomfortable or worse – frightful. Thankfully, there is help available to overcome these barriers, so that you can receive the help that you need. To learn about the remedies available from your sedation dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, continue reading.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry provides a way to treat both dental anxiety and phobias, but first let’s look at the difference between the two:
- Anxiety – To be anxious about receiving dental care is to feel a degree of uneasiness that makes you less likely to maintain important visits. There are forms of sedation dentistry that focus more on addressing this level of discomfort.
- Phobia – To be phobic about visiting your dentist is different, though. For people who suffer from this type of reaction, the thought of maintaining even a routine visit can be debilitating. Your dentist also has methods for treating these types of situations.
The oral sedation management method uses a medication delivered in either pill form or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to calm your nerves and allow you to have a pleasant experience at your dentist’s office. For those who take the pill, your dentist will advise to take it roughly an hour before the procedure or before you leave the house to head in for your appointment.
If laughing gas is the preferred method, though, your dentist will administer it in-office, using a mask that covers your nose and provides a continuous flow of the medication throughout the procedure. If this isn’t enough, though, the local expert has other forms of help available.
Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation
For patients who have mild to moderate anxiety or fear about having a dental procedure done, there is also the intravenous method, which allows the specialist to adjust the amount of medication you’re receiving. This is also a good way to allow you, if needed, to get more work completed in one visit.
For situations where the patient has an acute phobia, your dentist may administer general anesthesia, which uses intravenous and/or inhalation methods to ensure a completely unconscious treatment process.
Being able to receive the dental care you need is important for having quality oral health. So if you’re struggling with anxieties or fears, reach out to your local dentist to learn more about how he can help you.
About the Author
For nearly four decades, Dr. Kerry G. Waldee has been providing expert care to his patients. A member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology and several other professional organizations, Dr. Waldee helps patients get the care they need in a comfortable manner at Sleep Dentists. He can be reached for more information through his website.