- April 27, 2017
Does thinking about dental care make you nervous? It’s OK if it does. You aren’t alone. Dental anxiety and dental fear affect millions of people across the United States.
For some, it makes going to the dentist difficult, but not impossible. For others, thinking about a dental appointment can cause them to feel tense.
Now matter how you feel, our team at Holly Dental Care wants to help. We treat patients every week who experience dental anxiety with sedation dentistry and our comfort options.
Let us help you keep your mouth as healthy as it can be. Take a moment to learn about our three sedation options below.
For patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, oral sedation is a good option. If you choose this option, you must arrange for someone else to drive you to and from our office.
Before your appointment begins, you will take a pill. The medication will take a little time to take effect, but it will help you relax. You might even feel groggy or sleepy.
By the time you are ready to sit in the chair, you will be so relaxed that you won’t be bothered by having your teeth cleaned or having another dental procedure. The medication will keep you calm, and it will prevent you from feeling any pain.
Since these effects can last for a few hours, you should plan to rest for a bit after your family member or friend takes you home.
When you wake up, you’ll feel better knowing that your mouth is healthier.
For patients with mild dental anxiety, nitrous oxide is an excellent choice. Some patients even start with oral sedation before switching to nitrous oxide as they become more familiar with us and more comfortable coming to our office.
Nitrous oxide may be the oldest form or dental sedation as it has been used for more than 150 years. You may have heard it called by another name as well — laughing gas.
Like oral sedation, nitrous oxide can make your dental visit pain- and anxiety-free. All you do is breathe normally. Within minutes of inhaling the gas, you’ll start to feel calmer.
When you are finished, we will turn off the gas. By breathing normally, you will exhale any gas that remains in your system, and you’ll be back to feeling like yourself in a few minutes.
Our dentist office is rare in that we also offer IV sedation. This is stronger than either nitrous oxide or oral sedation, and IV sedation can only be administered by individuals who have completed specialized training to do so.
In general, IV sedation is used for patients who are undergoing longer, more complex dental procedures. (IV sedation may be an option for patients with severe dental fear as well.)
IV sedation offers us greater control through the procedure. However, like oral sedation, it takes some time to wear off. You will need someone else to take you home if you receive IV sedation.
Other Comfort Options
Some patients don’t like or want dental sedation, and that is perfectly fine, too. We also offer comfort options, which many people find beneficial.
We will be happy to provide you with a blanket to help you feel a little cozier while you are having your teeth cleaned. One of our pillows can help you feel more comfortable, too.
And if you would rather close your eyes and listen to some music, we can provide you with headphones as well.
You also should know that we have incorporated technology into our dentist office in Holly, MI, which makes dental care easier as well. One example of this is air abrasion. This replaces the drill, so you don’t have to worry about that sound or those vibrations if you ever needed a cavity filled.
We do offer anesthetic as well, but with the advances in technology, it may not be needed at all.
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
If you would like to know, plan a visit to our office. Talk to one of our dentists about your concerns, and together, we can help you decide which sedation option could work.
Then, when you are ready, you can call 877-321-1933 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you however we can.