Statistics show that two-thirds of Americans or less will see the dentist each year. For the other third of Americans, the main reason why they don’t go to the dentist is fear or anxiety of the dental office.
But you don’t have to be a victim of your fear. With sedation dentistry, we can help you overcome your fear of the dentist to get the dental care you desire, whether that’s just a routine check-up or a dramatic cosmetic dentistry smile makeover.
Who Sedation Dentistry Can Help
Sedation dentistry helps people who avoid the dentist for many reasons, most of which are actually connected to dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry can help if you:
- Dental fear or anxiety
- Strong gag reflex
- Anxiety caused by certain sights and sounds at the dental office
- Tense jaw, back, or hands at the dentist
- Problems getting numb
- Excessive pain after a dental visit
You may not think it, but these are all the result of dental anxiety. Being nervous at the dentist can lead you to be sensitive to things in your mouth—leading to gagging–or cause you to focus excessively on what’s going on in your mouth, which makes it harder to get number. And being tensed up and fighting your anxiety can cause you to be sore both during and after appointments.
Procedures Where Sedation Dentistry Is Requested
Although sedation dentistry can help any person having any dental procedure, there are a few procedures where we tend to get requests for sedation often.
Dental extractions cause people a lot of anxiety. Although these are not as painful as most people fear and our dentists know how to handle them to minimize trauma, there is nonetheless a fear people often have that the procedure will be excessively painful.
Root canals are infamous as carrying a lot of discomfort. The irony is that most people who need a root canal are actually experiencing more pain on a daily basis than they will likely suffer during or after the procedure. People often can’t rationalize this, but with the help of sedation dentistry, they can overcome anxiety to get the procedure they need.
Sedation Dentistry Options
At our office, we offer three different sedation dentistry options: oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Not all dental practices are licensed to perform IV sedation, and you should always make sure a practice is properly licensed before having IV sedation. Dr. Cederbaum is also a licensed pharmacist, so she has greater education and experience than your average dentist on the proper handling of oral sedatives and other medications.
All three sedation dentistry options offer benefits and limitations, and we can talk to you about them to find out which is right for you.
To talk to our office about sedation dentistry, please call (425) 867-5119.