Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. The mere thought of sitting down in a dentist’s chair fills them with dread. In some cases, it’s so intense they’ll avoid the dentist altogether. If this sounds at all like you, you should know that Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch can get you through your procedure with sedation dentistry.
Common causes of dental anxiety include fear of pain, fear of injections, and a loss of control as you sit in the chair. From the patient’s point of view, avoiding the dentist may seem logical enough. If something bothers you, avoid it.
Fair enough. But avoiding the dentist is never a good idea, because it puts your dental health at risk. There’s a good reason that we recommend seeing the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup: no matter how good a job you do at home, brushing and flossing cannot do it all.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and simple way of getting your dental work done without sending your anxiety level through the roof. We provide two types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. It may not make you laugh, but it will make you very relaxed. It is safe and effective and has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years.
- Oral Conscious Sedation. This involves taking a sedative about an hour before your appointment. You’ll remain awake but be very sleepy, and not very aware of what’s going on around you. You’ll need to have a ride home afterward.
- IV Sedation. As the name suggests, this is administered intravenously. IV sedation puts you in an even deeper state of relaxation, though you will be conscious. You will need a ride home with IV sedation, too.
If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns, talk to Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch about sedation dentistry. We don’t want anyone putting their dental health at risk. We also provide general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.