August 11, 2016
One in five people avoids the dentist because of dental anxiety, according to expert estimates. That’s 20 percent of the population.
A higher percentage than that experiences dental anxiety, yet many people are able to get routine dental care in spite of it. We know this because we see patients with dental anxiety almost every day here at Community Shores Dental.
One of the common causes of dental anxiety is a concern that dental care will be painful. We want you to know that painless dentistry is possible for patients in and around Norton Shores, MI. One of the ways we do this is through sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental sedation actually has a long history, going back more than 160 years. The first form of sedation — nitrous oxide — is still used today, along with some new techniques.
Sedation dentistry involves using medication to assist patients who have a hard time relaxing when they are in a dentist’s office (or just thinking about going to a dentist’s office).
Knowing that you have a fear of the dentist is a good start. We promise we aren’t offended, and we promise no one on our staff bites, either.
Overcoming dental anxiety is not something you can do in a single visit to any office. You can learn ways to manage your apprehension, and over time, you may find that coming to the dentist gets easier to handle.
We have also learned that dental anxiety isn’t the same for every patient. Some people are bothered by the sounds of dental equipment. Other people are worried that they might gag while a dentist or hygienist is poking around in their mouths.
Many people know that general dental care is important. They just don’t want to remember any of it while it is happening.
Sedation dentistry can help with all of those concerns and more.
When you are under sedation, you will remain calm and relaxed. Because of the analgesic effects, you won’t feel any pain while you are sedated. Dental sedation makes you unlikely to gag, too.
And more often than not, you won’t remember much, if anything, about your dental treatment.
What Kind Of Sedation Do We Offer?
We offer a full range of sedation options at our office. No matter what treatment you are receiving or how severe your dentist anxiety is, we are confident that our dental sedation can help you.
Here is a short description of each kind of sedation:
◼︎ Nitrous Oxide
People have been familiar the euphoric feelings that come with inhaling “laughing gas” since the late 1700s. However, it wasn’t until the 1840s when people started to utilize this gas in dental care.
When you breathe in nitrous oxide, it provides you with a euphoric feeling that helps you relax. As long as you are breathing the gas, you won’t feel any pain.
We turn off the gas at the end of your procedure. As you exhale the remaining nitrous oxide, you will return to feeling like your normal self within a few minutes.
◼︎ Oral Conscious Sedation
This is a more powerful form of sedation. Before your treatment begins, you will swallow some medicine that will help you relax. It will make you feel groggy, and you may fall asleep.
As with nitrous oxide, you won’t feel any pain while you are under the effect of this kind of sedation. Unlike nitrous oxide, we can’t just turn off this kind of sedation when your treatment is over.
For this reason, you should arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home at the end of your appointment. We would suggest resting for a while after you get home, too.
◼︎ IV Sedation and General Anesthesia
These are the strongest forms of dental sedation that we offer. These are generally reserved for patients who are in need of longer, more complex procedures.
As with oral conscious sedation, these kinds dental sedation are long-lasting. Again, you will need someone else to take you home, and there’s a good chance that you will want to take a nap, too.
Make It Easier On Yourself
If you feel tense just thinking about making a dental appointment, then we are going make a suggestion that you stop by to visit us before you schedule any procedure with us.
We would like you to meet our staff and ask any questions you have about our approach to dental care at Michigan office.
If you feel comfortable with what you learn about Community Shores Dental, we welcome you to call 231-366-4182 or use our online form to make an appointment. We will be here to support you. Our sedation options can help you ease back into routine dental care.