Many people struggle with dental anxiety
. It is much more common
than most people realize with some estimates reporting that between nine and 15
percent of Americans have a fear of the dentist. As a result, many people avoid
getting dental treatments entirely. Luckily, there is a cure for this phobia known as sedation dentistry.
For individuals with a mild
fear of the dentist or have trouble remaining calm in the dentist’s chair,
nitrous oxide is a huge asset. It is colloquially referred to as “laughing
gas.” It does not use any needles, and its effects quickly onset. The patient
remains fully conscious and can follow any instructions the dentist provides such as opening the mouth wider. Additionally, the patient can drive home
following the appointment.
This form of sedation is
administered intravenously, making the individual drowsy. It is a safe option
for people with circulatory disorders, diabetes and heart disease. Patients can
still breathe on their own, and in the event someone becomes uncomfortable over
the course of the procedure, the patient can alert the dentist of the
situation. There are fewer side effects, and there is a decreased likelihood of
nausea and blood clots.
Anesthesia is generally the
only option available to patients who require extreme dental procedures, such
as extractions and cyst removal. Unlike general anesthesia, a local anesthetic
will only numb one certain area of the mouth where the dentist needs to
operate. In some cases, the dentist is able to combine an anesthetic with other forms of sedation to make the patient relax.
All These Forms of Sedation Are Available at Our
Millions of Americans benefit
from sedation dentistry every year,
and Dr. Brand Ahn has helped numerous people in the Larkspur, CA area get the
treatments the need. Schedule your appointment today, and make sure to ask about
sedation if you feel anxious in the dentist’s chair.
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