Most of us experience a certain amount of stress when visiting the doctor or dentist. But for some people, the anxiety is so great that they actually postpone their visits or cancel their appointments altogether. Not going to the dentist is never a good idea since any existing issues will only worsen if left untreated. Fortunately, modern dental technology provides a variety of sedation dentistry techniques specifically designed to alleviate anxiety and help people feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. We are pleased to offer some of these sedation dentistry methods to our patients throughout the Taylor, TX, area.
How Sedation Dentistry Helps Patients
Good oral health begins with consistent oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth twice and flossing once daily. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every 6 months. So regular dental visits are also important in a good oral care routine.
While all this is true, oral care often takes a backseat amid hectic schedules, which results in dental problems that demand immediate visits to the dentist’s office. Whether you’re visiting a dentist for regular checkups or to treat a dental issue, anxiety is natural. It’s important to visit the dentist regularly to ensure good oral health, and sedation techniques help people feel more at ease, meaning that they’re more likely to keep their dental appointments.
The fear of needles or doctors is common, especially among children. It’s also extremely important to help kids feel comfortable going to the dentist. If they do, they’ll be more likely to continue with regular dental visits throughout the course of their lifetimes. Sedation dentistry can be very helpful here. Children can feel at ease, get the treatment done without any pain, and leave our clinic with a smile. We have several sedation dentistry methods available for patients of all ages.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEDATION DENTISTRY
Generally speaking, we offer two categories of sedation for our patients in the Tayor, TX, area:
- Oral Conscious Sedation – This method allows patients to remain awake throughout the entire visit but makes them feel much more relaxed and calm. Patients may not have vivid memories of the entire procedure, and they’ll need to have a ride home afterward.
- Nitrous Oxide – This method is also called “laughing gas” for a good reason; it relaxes the patient and makes people feel slightly giddy. Laughing gas wears off quickly, so patients are able to drive home afterward.
Based on your health history, oral condition, lifestyle habits, and anxiety, we suggest a suitable sedation dentistry method for a good experience.