If you have a severe fear of the dentist, there are several sedation techniques that can help you learn to control this condition and obtain a beautiful and healthy smile.

Dental Anxiety
Fear of the dentist is such a universal phenomenon that it is estimated that anywhere between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fears that can exaggerate what goes on in a dentist office until it can be overwhelming. A severe enough phobia can cause people to cancel their appointments and avoid visiting the dentist altogether. Unfortunately, putting off seeing the dentist for any problems with your mouth and teeth usually only leads to them getting worse. Many people who avoid the dentist suffer commonly from infected gums and teeth that can severely compromise the ability to chew and digest food properly, or worse.
For children who fear the dentist
Children afraid of the dentist can make arranging a dental appointment a traumatizing experience. However, it is important that regular dental checkups are made to ensure a child develops healthy and beautiful teeth. Some tips for helping a child deal with dental anxiety and phobia include: starting dental checkups at an early age so the child grows comfortable with visiting the dentist; enforcing good dental hygiene so the trips to the dentist are minimal; and be careful not to convey your own fears of the dentist to your child. If this fear is not addressed during the child’s early years, dental anxiety can develop into severe dental phobia as the child gets older.
Patients with physical or mental disabilities, or the elderly may have special needs when it comes to extensive dental work.
Sitting in the dental chair for long periods of time can be quite difficult, and procedures may be frightening or disorienting. Our qualified sedation specialists are aware of the special needs of patients and are able to deal with dementia, fatigue, irritability, or ill health.
Dental sedation is a technique used when a patient suffers from any of the issues covered above.
Depending on the extent of the phobia or needs, varying degrees of sedation can be implemented, including conscious sedation with sedatives, inhalation of nitrous oxide,and intravenous (IV) sedation. These techniques enable patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.

Types of Dental Sedation Offered Include the Following:

Oral Sedatives:
Medications such as diazepam can be given anywhere from the night before a procedure or even 30 minutes or an hour before the appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety. Oral sedatives are not a pain reliever, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered to ensure the least painful visit possible.
Intravenous(IV) Sedation:
Like oral sedatives, IV sedation does not provide pain relief, but is used to relieve anxiety. A local anesthetic will also be administered before the procedure itself.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation:
In this form of conscious inhalation sedation, a patient is given nitrous oxide gas, often known as laughing gas. This is used to induce a state of relaxation in the patient before being given a local anesthetic in combination to relieve any pain.
General Anesthesia:
This method of sedation is used to render the patient unconscious, leaving them completely unaware of their surroundings and making the use of a local anesthetic unnecessary.

**Patients with medical conditions should notify their dentist about the condition prior to a sedation dentistry procedure. They should also notify their dentist about any medications they are currently taking, as well as any prior allergic reactions to medications.

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