Do you avoid the dentist because you feel anxious when you get to the treatment chair? This type of anxiety and nervousness is fairly common. You may have always felt this way, or you may have developed some anxiety following a negative treatment experience as a child. If these emotions and physiological reactions have gotten in the way of your dental care, one of the various types of sedation may help you overcome this challenge.
Various types of sedation allow you to relax while you receive treatment. It may be right for you if one or more of the following applies:
- Dental anxiety
- Dental phobia
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Necessity for multiple treatments to be performed at once
- Fear or anxiety related to dental instruments, sounds and smells
Most people do not enjoy the sound of a high-tech dental drill, but they can successfully tolerate it. But for some, it’s these sights, sounds and other characteristics of a dental office that give them significant anxiety.
Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is breathed through a small mask while the dentist completes your treatment. You’ll still be fully awake, although you may feel more relaxed. Laughing gas allows you to feel relaxed until your appointment is completed. The effects go away quickly after the mask is removed.
Oral conscious sedation. Sedating medication is delivered orally, which will allow you to relax and detach from your anxiety. You are awake and conscious, but may feel sleepy.
IV sedation. For surgery, such as tooth extractions or dental implant placement, IV (intravenous) sedation may be recommended. IV sedation puts you in a sleep-like state, which means you won’t feel any of the sensations of the dental treatment and you won’t have any memory of the procedure.
As you discuss your treatment plan with Dr. Morris, he can recommend the sedation that fits the treatment and your particular level of anxiety.
- You have avoided the dentist for years
- You experience butterflies in your stomach or your heart races as you receive your dental care
- You are very nervous every time you go to a dental office
At Atlas Dental, we want you to feel comfortable in our safe office setting. Especially if you have avoided the dentist for years, getting the care you need can be life-enhancing. We want you to be able to access that care, and Dr. Morris can help you decide if sedation is the right way to do so.
To arrange a free consultation to meet our team and our experienced sedation dentist in Alexis, IL, please call Atlas Dental today at 309-787-2440. We proudly serve Alexis, Galesburg, Monmouth, Peoria and all of the surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting you to discuss how you can get the comfortable, safe and relaxing dental care you deserve.