Handling Dental Anxiety Through Sedation

For some of us, the thought of a dentist’s chair can cause a great deal of anxiety. This is common, but you can’t let your fears keep you from getting the care that your smile craves. Luckily, we have the perfect solution.

If you’re someone who can’t stand the thought of an oral procedure, sedation dentistry might help take the edge off. Don’t worry. Sedation isn’t just reserved for major dental events. Even if you dread a simple teeth cleaning, sedation could be a great option.

Ready to end the jitters that strike at the thought of a drill but still have some questions? No problem. We’ve got answers.

Who is sedation best for?

Sedation dentistry is primarily used for people who have anxiety about going to the dentist, especially those who avoid it because of their nerves. However, there are many people who could benefit from sedation dentistry. If you have a low tolerance for pain, a bad gag reflex, trouble being still, sensitive teeth, or need a lot of dental work completed, sedation will probably make your experience much more comfortable.

What kind of sedation do you offer?

Nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas), relaxants and oral sedation are all available to put you at ease. Just a little nervous about your visit? Then laughing gas is your best bet for routine procedures. We administer the nitrous oxide, which is combined with oxygen, through a small, comfy mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you to relax but wears off very quickly so you will be able to drive yourself home.

If you have more moderate anxiety about your dental visit, Dr. Davis can prescribe a pill for you to take before you come. This option is the most common anesthetic used in sedation dentistry. The pill will make you drowsy but you will still be awake. The dose can be adjusted depending on the severity of the procedure and your nerves. Though your only side effect could be prolonged drowsiness, we require that you have someone on call to drive you home.

If your worries are more severe or you have don’t have a lot of time to spend in the dentist’s chair, oral sedation dentistry may be right for you. In this case, you will receive a medication that will put you in a state of complete relaxation and help you stay that way for the entire procedure, putting your fears completely at ease.

Is it safe?

Sedation dentistry is quite safe when administered by an experienced dentist. Dr. Davis is very knowledgeable and conservative when it comes to sedation. He constantly monitors vital signs to make sure you’re completely protected and also insures that you’re never fully unconscious. If at any time he feels that you are too sedated, he will administer a drug to immediately bring you back to consciousness. Not only has the method of sedation been used thousands of times nationwide, our staff is well trained and eager to make your appointment as comfortable as possible.

Though sedation dentistry is very safe, we do request again that you line up a trusted friend to drive you home after your visit, as you will still be drowsy for a few hours after.

If you’re interested in sedation dentistry for your next appointment, July is a great month to schedule. All month we are offering FREE sedation so call us at 918.212.8300 to book your next visit!

Mark M. Davis, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentist in Tulsa since 1982

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