Does the thought of visiting your dentist cause you to feel panicked and unnerved? If so, you may be suffering from a common condition called dental fear or anxiety. Usually, dental fear occurs as a direct result of a previous traumatic dental experience. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can temporarily reduce or eliminate your anxiety so you can receive the dental care you need without feeling uncomfortable or fearful. Drs. Lawrence and Kyle Duffy offer several different sedation options at their practice and will help you choose the type that’s most appropriate for your needs.
General anesthesia is typically reserved for those who have severe dental anxiety or who need complicated dental procedures. Patients who receive this type of sedation are put to sleep temporarily so they cannot feel the procedure as it occurs or remember it afterward. If you receive this type of sedation, you will need to arrange a ride home from your appointment.
IV sedation is a great option if you have moderate to severe fear. It’s also a good choice for those with special needs or a fear of needles. IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream through a vein. It allows you to stay awake during treatment but enhances feelings of relaxation and calmness. Some patients don’t remember the procedure after the sedation wears off.
Oral sedation involves the administration of a sedative through a pill or tablet that you take orally. It can help you feel more comfortable during treatment while still allowing you to respond to all verbal cues from your dentist.
Nitrous oxide is a safe, odorless gas that is administered through a mask and can help calm you during dental treatment. It yields temporary euphoric effects that quickly wear off once the mask is removed.
Contact Us Today
If you regularly avoid seeking dental treatment due to fear, we would love to tell you more about your sedation dentistry options. To find out more, please contact the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Orlando, FL today!