When you go to the dentist do you start to dread it weeks in advance? Do you feel overwhelming anxiety when you go to the dentist? If you are afraid of the dentist, it’s a good idea to check out how sedation dentistry can help you relax when you come in for a visit. Sedation dentistry or ‘sleep dentistry’ is used to help relax you while the dentist is working. Sedation can be used for anything from teeth cleanings all the way to root canals. Depending on your anxiety and fear, you can be sedated for any type of dental procedure. When you come to Lifetime Smiles Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, you’re able to get rid of all of your anxieties with our welcoming staff, professional dentist, and a full range of sedation dentistry. Whether you’re a first time patient or you’ve been here before, we’re able to help you overcome your dental anxiety with our wide range of sedation dentistry services. Schedule your appointment with Lifetime Smiles today.
Different Types Of Anesthesia
Do you know all of the ways you can relax when you go to the dentist? We compiled a list of all of the sedation dentistry services we offer so you have a good idea of what you have accessible to you when you come visit us. It can be scary going to the dentist, but when you’re able to conquer your fear with different ways to relax, you’ll be able to go to the dentist much easier than before. Below are all of the different kinds of anesthesia that you have accessible to you. Keep in mind, if you are sedated while at the dentist you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure. For any questions about our sedation dentistry or any of the services, we offer call today.
- Laughing Gas: Laughing gas or inhaled minimal sedation is when you breathe in nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask that’s put over your nose. The laughing gas will help you relax and be more at ease while you’re at the dentist. The dentist will be able to control the amount of laughing gas you receive, the gas wears off quickly, is effective, and you’ll be able to drive yourself home after your appointment. Laughing gas is a good option because it allows you to be calm and stay awake. Children are also able to be given it.
- Anxiety Medication: At Lifetime Smiles, we also have anxiety medication available. Anxiety medication can range from minimal to moderate usage depending on your personal situation. Anxiety medication will make you drowsy, which is why we strongly encourage someone to drive you. If you are given moderate anxiety medication, you might fall asleep during the procedure.
- Local Anesthesia: When it comes to anesthesia, most people decide on this type. Local anesthesia is applied to the area that the dentist will be working on and is generally used for smaller procedures. Take the opportunity to read more about local anesthesia before your next appointment.
- General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is when you are severely afraid of the dentist and need to be put under into a peaceful sleep. With general anesthesia or full anesthesia, you will go into an unconscious sleep and miss the entire dental procedure.