Sedation for Dental Anxiety

Sedation dentistry uses sedative medications to help patients relax during dental appointments. At G2 Anesthesia Services Inc, there are different sedation dentistry methods, depending on the patient's needs. Oral sedation involves taking an oral sedative about an hour before the patient’s dental appointment.

Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a significant source of stress for many people. Sometimes, people develop dental anxiety after a bad experience in the past. Other times, it develops as a result of fear of the unknown. Regardless of the cause, dental anxiety can make it difficult to visit the dentist. People with dental anxiety often put off their appointments for years, even when they experience pain. This can cause significant oral health problems. Without regular dental check-ups, teeth can decay faster. 

Types of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a sedative pill the night before your procedure. Oral sedation is a very effective way to eliminate your dental anxiety or fear. Many patients can have all of their dental work completed in just one visit under oral sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Our practice offers sedation for patients feeling nervous or anxious about their dental appointment. If you experience dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may be a good option. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas used by dentists for many years as a safe and effective sedation method. The gas is inhaled through a mask that is put over your nose. As you breathe, you will begin to feel calm and relaxed.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation involves taking medication intravenously, the fastest way for the body to ingest the medicine. The effects are almost immediate, and you won’t fall asleep until the medicine entirely takes effect. However, you’ll remain conscious throughout the procedure.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the medication that puts you in a deep sleep during your dental procedure. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort. A general anesthetic can be administered through a vein (IV), a breathing mask that covers your nose and mouth, or a combination of the two.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for patients with dental phobia. It can also help patients by minimizing discomfort experienced during dental treatments. The effects of dental anxiety can be devastating to your oral health. When you don’t receive routine dental care, you are more likely to experience tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Thankfully, sedation dentistry can help patients overcome their dental anxiety and get the care they need. With sedation dentistry, you can receive the dental treatment you need in a calm, relaxed state.

Dental anxiety is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Visit G2 Anesthesia Services Inc. in Louisville, KY, or call (833) 336-8482 for the best dental care.

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