July 18, 2021
Research shows 9% to 20% of Americans avoid going to their dentist because of dental-related anxieties. If you’re among those who avoid visiting their dentist, you might be a candidate for sedation dentistry in Lakeway. Whether your palms sweat during routine appointments or you’re nervous about a painful procedure, your dentist can help you sit back and relax. However, it’s normal to have a few concerns about the road ahead. Don’t let uncertainties fuel your anxiety. Here’s what you can expect it to feel like during and after your appointment.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
You’ve likely heard a few rumors about sedation dentistry rendering you unconscious, but this isn’t true. Depending on the type of sedative used, you’ll remain conscious; however, you won’t experience any pain or discomfort. Your sedation dentist will determine which option best meets your needs, such as:
Better known as “laughing gas,” the inhaled sedative contains a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen. It’s a mild sedative that has few complications and risks. Your dentist will place a mask over your nose to inhale the nitrous oxide. Almost instantly, you’ll feel deeply relaxed, and your fears will fade away. Your dentist can control the amount that’s delivered to cater to your specific needs. Your extremities might feel warm, heavy, or tingly, but the effects will dissipate within a few minutes of stopping the sedative. In fact, you can even drive yourself home from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescribed medicine before your appointment. It’s a little stronger than nitrous oxide, so you might even feel relaxed to the point you fall asleep. You will still be able to communicate with your dentist and you’ll be aware of your surroundings. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Some patients don’t even remember their appointment. Since it’s a stronger sedative, it can take a few hours for the effects to dissipate. It’s normal to feel a little groggy for the rest of the day, so you’ll need to take it easy. Your dentist will also request finding a friend or loved one to drive you home from your appointment.
Preparing for Your Appointment
During your initial consultation, your dentist will recommend which sedative will work best for you and review any preparation that may be necessary, like not eating or drinking before your procedure. They’ll explain exactly what sedation dentistry feels like in Lakeway and address your concerns to calm your nerves.
You don’t need to avoid your dentist any longer. Find out if sedation dentistry is an option for you.
About Dr. Daniel Eaddy
Dr. Eaddy earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry and completed advanced training in general dentistry. As a lifelong learner, he is qualified to offer many specialty services, including cosmetic dentistry, periodontics, dental implants, and sedation dentistry. If you need a little extra help relaxing during your appointment, contact our office today to discuss sedation dentistry.
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