No Need to Fear the Dental Chair: We Have Sedation Options

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If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, it can sometimes feel like you’re all alone, like the only options you have are to get the care you need and just try to deal with your anxiety — or to avoid getting care entirely so you can avoid feeling anxious. Of course, the second option leaves you wide open for serious oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, infections, and even tooth loss. Plus, even though you might not be anxious about actually sitting in the dental chair, avoiding dental checkups and treatments means you’ll spend a lot of time worrying about the consequences.

Still, even though delaying care or voiding it entirely can cause a lot of significant oral health problems, if that’s the route you’re taking, you’ve got a lot of company. Lots of men and women don’t get the dental care they need — including important preventive care like regular cleanings — due to anxiety and outright fear.

At Cityview Dental Arts, we know dental anxiety is real, and we also know the toll it can take on our patients. That’s why we offer sedation option to help you relax and stay comfortable, so you can get the care you need while leaving the anxiety and worry behind.

What causes dental anxiety?

Even though dental anxiety might “feel” the same from one person to another, not everyone gets anxious and nervous for the same reasons. Lots of people have developed their anxiety over the years as a result of one or several bad experiences with a previous dentist. Perhaps they had a particularly painful treatment, or maybe their dentist didn’t seem compassionate or caring about their pain or their concerns and worries.

Others have their anxious feelings triggered by a fear of needles or by the bright lights, sounds, or even the smells associated with a dental office. And still others may not like having any “work” performed in such close proximity to their “personal space.” After all, it can be difficult to put your thoughts elsewhere when your care provider is literally “in” your face.

Although anxiety may be caused by different factors, the “treatment” is the same: Try to calm your nerves. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. Many practices offer music or television for distractions, and while that may helps some mildly anxious patients, it falls short in providing any sort of real relief to those who are really nervous. Fortunately, dental sedation can be very effective, helping patients relax and sometimes even doze during their treatment.

Oral conscious sedation

At Cityview Dental Arts, Dr. Bock offers patients a type of sedation called oral conscious sedation, which uses oral anti-anxiety medications to help you relax. Prior to your treatment, you’ll take a pill to help calm your nerves so that during your treatment, you won’t feel worried or anxious. Oral conscious sedation is safe, and of course, you’ll be monitored throughout your treatment as well. Depending on the level of sedation you have, you might simply be very relaxed and drowsy during your visit, or you might even drop off into a nap. However, you’ll always be “conscious” enough to respond to simple commands like “rinse and spit” or “open wider.” Many patients have little memory of their treatment, and for those who do, the memories are not unpleasant or scary.

Oral conscious sedation is intended to help you relax and prevent anxiety, but it doesn’t block pain. Once you’re sedated, you’ll have a numbing anesthetic to block pain signals so you’ll be physically comfortable as well. And because oral conscious sedation leaves you feeling sleepy for a while even after your treatment is over, you’ll need to have someone drive you home afterward — and you’ll probably want to spend the rest of the day relaxing and napping while the effects of the medication wear off.

Get the care you need without the anxiety

At Cityview Dental Arts, we want every patient to feel comfortable getting the care they need to prevent problems and enjoy better oral health at every age. To learn more about dental sedation and how it can help you, or to schedule a routine cleaning or other care, book an appointment online today.

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