If you fear going to the dentist, you’re not alone. A good chunk of the population is afraid of getting into the dentist chair, either because of a previous experience or because of the unfortunate reputation dentists has gotten from movies and television.
Rest assured, the dental experience you’ll have today is a much better experience than one of just 15 years ago, partly due to the advances in technology and partly due to more gentle techniques. But we understand that some people won’t have necessary procedures (like root canals and dental implants) without the use of sedation dentistry, and that’s why we offer three types of sedation for your needs: conscious oral sedation, intravenous sedation, and nitrous oxide.
You might wonder what the benefits of staying awake or “going under” are when it comes to sedation dentistry. Here are a few tips to help you make your decision
Going Under: (intravenous sedation) If you have genuine odontophobia (fear of dentistry), going under might be the best option for you. The sedation is administered intravenously, so it goes directly into your bloodstream. You’ll be completely unaware of the dental procedure before and after it occurs. Of course, you’ll need someone to drive you home after the procedure and will need the day off work. (If you also have trypanophobia [fear of needles] you might want to go with one of the next two!)
Staying Awake: (conscious oral sedation, nitrous oxide) The great thing about staying awake is that you’ll be relaxed but still able to able to respond to the dentist’s directions. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is delivered via a breathing mask and is a great option to relax. Most of the time you can drive yourself home. Conscious oral sedation is administered via a pill to help you relax. You aren’t sedated as much as you are via the intravenous method, but you’ll most likely need someone to take you home afterwards.
Of course, you’ll want to discuss these options directly with your dentist to make sure that you’re getting the best possible option for you.
Our goal at Milan Family Dentistry is to give you the best possible experience with your dentist. Give us a call to discuss any tooth needs you have!