Patients with dental anxiety often have trouble motivating themselves to schedule the cleanings and treatments they need to keep their smiles as healthy and happy as possible. That’s where sedation dentistry can really help, because it allows patients to avoid the anxiety and discomfort that dental work sometimes brings. It also allows the dentist and hygienist to get more done in less time, making procedures less complicated and easier to manage.
Sedation Options for Dental Visits
Dr. John M. Cherry, offers patients a variety of sedative options to suit various needs. Depending on your needs and the procedure, there are four options:
- Local anesthetic is commonly used for fillings and minor procedures, but it can be used more widely for overly sensitive patients. It is applied directly to locations where pain needs to be blocked to numb them.
- Oral sedation is a pill taken about an hour before treatment. It induces euphoria, and as a result, the dentist must insist patients using this method have a ride to and from the appointment. The pill wears off after a couple hours.
- Nitrous oxide, also known to many as laughing gas, is an option that provides relief quickly while allowing patients to return to baseline in just a few minutes.
- IV sedation is offered less often because it has the most pronounced side effects. It is the only sedation procedure that involves a full loss of consciousness, and side effects require patients to have a ride to and from the appointment. It is often used for major procedures.
Sedation Relieves Anxiety
Dental anxiety is common, and sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who are struggling with it. Your level of sedation can be customized to your level of anxiety on a given day and to the intensity of the procedure. To get started, all you need to do is contact us in Brandon, FL to make an appointment. Make sure you mention that you are interested in sedation options!