Going to the dentist isn’t a walk in the park for everyone, even if they have the best dentist in the world. If you have ever put off or avoided scheduling or attending a dental appointment due to debilitating fear or anxiety, know you are not alone.

Unfortunately, fear and anxiety accompanying the thought, idea or actual practice of going to the dentist are symptoms of a common condition called for Dental Phobia. For patients who suffer from Dental Phobia, receiving the proper dental care is almost impossible, which can, over time, result in serious dental problems and even life-threatening diseases. For many it doesn’t matter whether they’re getting a routine cleaning or a root canal…the fear is always there.

This is where the practice of sedation dentistry becomes essential. When a patient goes through with sedation dentistry, we are able to reduce that patient’s anxiety and fear tenfold. We do this one of three ways:

Conscious Oral Sedation – Oral sedation means that you’ll be given medication, usually a pill, that will help you to relax. You’ll still be awake and able to answer the doctor’s questions, but the amount of the procedure you remember depends on the amount of sedative prescribed.

Intravenous Sedation – This type of sedation provides a deeper level of sedation and more amnesia. The medication in this type of sedation is administered directly through an IV line in the arm, entering the body more efficiently, and keeping the patient completely unaware of the procedure going on.

Nitrous Oxide – Commonly called laughing gas, this type of minimal-to-moderate sedation is provided as a gas through a nosepiece.  Nitrous oxide sedation helps a patient relax.  The benefits of this type of sedation are that there are rarely any after, or lasting effects, meaning patients are able to drive themselves to and from their appointment.

Aside from sedation with nitrous oxide, it is always important to have a designated driver when having any procedure performed under sedation. If you are interested in learning more about the sedation options we offer here at Milan Family Dentist, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.