Believe it or not, many patients both young and old experience some form of dental fear and anxiety. Whether it’s from a bad experience at a previous dentist or fear of dental tools and treatments, you are not alone! If you suffer from dental fear and anxiety, don’t let that stop you from getting the dental care you need. If your oral health falls by the wayside, it can also have a negative impact on your overall health. At our Smiles Dental offices in the Pacific Northwest, each team goes above and beyond to ensure that you feel completely comfortable at our offices. We employ a number of techniques to help our patients have an anxiety-free experience. In addition to our friendly professionals and welcoming environment, we also proudly offer a variety of sedation options to help you have a positive experience!
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry works wonders for patients suffering from anxiety. Dental sedation is a safe, simple way to improve a patient’s overall experience and give them the courage to get through the dental treatments they need. There are levels of sedation based on a patient’s needs from minimal, mild sedation to deep sedation.
Common Types of Dental Sedation Used for Dental Anxiety
Here are some of the most common types of sedation dentistry used for anxiety.
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that sends patients into a relaxed, positive state of being. This type of sedation is even safe for children.
Oral conscious sedation is a stronger form than nitrous oxide. Its strength can be controlled by the dentist. Oral conscious sedation is a prescribed anxiety pill patients can take before their appointment begins. It puts patients into a deep state of relaxation. However, patients will still be awake and able to communicate with the dental team.
This is the deepest form of sedation and is generally reserved for individuals with severe anxiety or those who are undergoing extensive treatment. The sedation is administered intravenously and is constantly monitored by our team.
Communicate with Your Dentist
Please let us know if you or a member of your family struggles with dental anxiety. We want to accommodate you and ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible while you’re visiting one of our Washington or Oregon offices. If you are interested in sedation dentistry to combat dental anxiety, contact the nearest Smiles Dental office to talk to a member of our team to see which type of sedation is right for you!