Do you avoid going to the dentist because of a phobia or severe anxiety? This can develop early in life from a frightening experience, or you could feel that your dental issues are so bad now that treating them would be extremely painful. No matter how your anxiety came about, Franklin County Family Dental is committed to helping you feel more relaxed. Sedation dentistry can help with general anxiety, but can also be a good alternative for our patients with the following concerns:
- Strong dislike of shots and needles
- Extreme sensitivity in some or all teeth
- Complicated dental problems
- Strong gag reflex
- Have difficulty getting numb with typical anesthesia
Your Options for Sedation Dentistry
We typically use one of the following two methods of sedation dentistry at Franklin County Family Dental:
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas): This method of sedation dentistry is most popular because it’s so simple to use. Dr. Laventure or Dr. Lewis will place a mask over your face containing nitrous oxide and oxygen. Within minutes of breathing it in, you will feel very relaxed with no anxiety. Nitrous oxide is also popular because it wears off quickly at the end of your procedure, and you won’t have to arrange for someone else to drive you home from your appointment. It’s appropriate for mild to moderate dental anxiety, and produces few side effects.
Conscious oral sedation: With this method, your dentist provides you with prescription medication that you take before the appointment. When taken as directed, the medication allows you to relax and possibly even sleep during your dental procedure. You’re less conscious than with nitrous oxide, but you can still respond to the dentist and hygienist. Some patients have full or partial amnesia after the drug wears off, which means you may not remember the appointment. Since you will be more heavily sedated, it’s necessary for someone else to drive you home from our clinic.
Dental anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about when the solutions are so simple, and you’re also not alone with this problem. Dr. Laventure, Dr. Lewis, and our entire team at Franklin County Family Dental will always work with you to ensure you always have top-of-the-line dental care in an environment where you feel safe and comfortable.