Fear of going to the dentist or fear of dental pain has been around for years. Unfortunately, the severity of this fear can be so bad for some individuals that they stop seeking dental attention all together. This can cause many issues, for a series of reasons, but without proper dental care, teeth can begin to fail – causing more pain than before. Fortunately for those anxiety ridden patients, dentists have started using sedation methods to ensure stress levels are eased.
Anesthetics come in a variety of methods. From numbing shots, for the minimal anxiety driven patients to IV sedation for the more severe. These methods are used on a regular basis by dentists to ensure their patients seek dental attention before their oral issues get worse and more serious.
When you seek treatment, in most cases, the numbing shots will work well with one or two applications. If you are already in pain when you visit the dentist, the shots will put your mind at ease and stop the pain almost immediately.
If your fear is tremendous and you simply cannot stand the thought of getting the numbing shot, then you may be interested in laughing gas or IV sedation. Either of the two can help you relax before you the dentist applies numbing shots. Laughing gas is a sedative doctors use a lot, because of its effectiveness and safety.
IV sedation is an option that can either keep you conscious or put you out totally. Typically, IV sedation is preferred during wisdom teeth removal, as most people don’t want to hear the extraction noises.
It is time to take control of your dental fear and oral health. Contacting your dentist about their sedation methods is recommended, so the team can find the best anesthetic for you. Your dentist and their team of specialists are here to help – not hurt, so remember, always schedule your routine maintenance checkups to maintain your oral hygiene. Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience, at the start of any pain. It is important to have any dental issues looked at, as they may turn more serious.