Does the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous? You’re not alone. Many people have some level of anxiety about visiting the dental office. As a matter of fact, dental phobia is quite common.
What is dental phobia?
As the name suggests, dental phobia is the fear of dental procedures. The severity of this condition can range from mild to severe, and it may lead to people avoiding going to the dentist altogether due to apprehension. Dental phobia is often caused by a bad experience at the dentist, such as a painful procedure or a negative interaction with the dentist or team. It can also be caused by a fear of needles, fear of the unknown, or a general feeling of anxiety about going to the dentist.
At Dental Art of Avon, we understand that dental phobia is real for many patients and we are here to help. We offer sedation dentistry to help our Avon, CT patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures.
What is sedation dentistry?
With sedation dentistry, patients with dental anxiety are able to get the necessary dental care they need in a safe and effective manner. As a part of the process, patients are provided with medication in order to help them feel relaxed and comfortable during the dental procedure. Various types of sedation dentistry are available, and the type of sedation used will depend on the individual patient’s needs and the type of procedure needed. If you would like to learn more about sedation options, please read below.
nitrous oxide sedation
The use of nitrous oxide is a safe and effective method of helping patients feel relaxed during their dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a small mask that is placed over the nose. With the use of this gas, patients can feel relaxed and comfortable in a matter of seconds. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, so patients are able to drive themselves home after their appointment.
Oral sedation involves taking a small pill prior to the appointment. The pill will help the patient to feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Oral sedation is a good option for patients who have moderate to severe dental anxiety. The effects of oral sedation can last for several hours, so patients will need someone to drive them home after their appointment.
IV sedation is a more intense form of sedation that is used for patients with severe dental anxiety. IV sedation is given through a small IV where it directly enters the bloodstream. The medication works quickly to help patients feel comfortable. The effects of IV sedation can last for several hours, so patients will need someone to drive them home after their appointment.
your comfort is our priority
At Dental Art of Avon, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care. We don’t want any patient to miss a dental appointment due to anxiety or fear. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.