Overcoming Anxiety Through Sedation Dentistry

Having anxiety about visiting your friendly, neighborhood dental office is extremely common. Most people don’t look forward to going to the dentist, and we understand. We’re all dental patients, too.

Just to give you an idea how prevalent “dental avoidance” is, between 9 percent to 15 percent of Americans claim that they avoid dental appointments due to anxiety or fear. So, if you’re afraid to visit the dentist, take comfort because you’re not alone. Ironically, most dental appointments aren’t painful at all.

Unfortunately, those who are afflicted with dental anxiety or phobia end up suffering worse conditions, such as advanced gum disease and eventual tooth loss. And those with dental phobia often have discolored or damaged teeth, which can affect their self-esteem to the extent that their personal and professional lives also suffer.

So, if you suffer from dental anxiety or phobia, sedation dentistry is a great solution for comforting and accommodating the faint of heart.

Intravenous conscious sedation (also known as IV sedation) is when a drug is administered directly into the blood system during a dental procedure, in order to reduce the patient’s anxiety.

During conscious IV sedation, the patient remains conscious and can even understand and respond to requests from the dentist. Interestingly, the patient may not recall anything that occurred during the procedure because the sedation induces a state of deep relaxation to the point that the patient experiences a care-free feeling and isn’t bothered by the procedure. Also, IV sedation drugs produce partial or full amnesia from the period of time that the sedation takes effect until it wears off.

Patients who undergo sedation dentistry often perceive time to pass quickly, or it seems to them that they were actually completely asleep (even though they weren’t). Some patients “don’t want to know” or remember what happened to them during the procedure, so many people are pleased by these amnesia effects.

IV sedation is quite safe when it is performed under the direct supervision of a specially trained team like ours.

So, if you get nervous when it comes to sitting down in the dentist’s chair, sedation dentistry is a great solution for you. Come in and relax with us. We take care of you.