Many people suffer from a fear of the dentist or dental anxiety. They may avoid going to the dentist entirely, leading to complicated dental problems down the road. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, discusses handling dental anxiety with sedation dentistry and other methods.
What is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety is a fear of the dentist that occurs on a scale. It can be mild or debilitating enough that it can be considered a phobia. The fear may be triggered by the sound of the dental drill, needles used for local anesthesia, or just the environment of a dental office in general. When dental anxiety is bad enough, people avoid the dentist altogether, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Easing Dental Anxiety
At our office, Dr. White and the rest of the dental staff take measures to keep you as comfortable as possible. We pride ourselves in making sure our patients are informed and educated and we get to know them on a personal basis to help put them at ease. Our staff also utilize the latest dental technology so that our procedures can be quicker and more comfortable for our patients. We do offer sedation dentistry in case these measures aren’t enough.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
For some patients, technology and a welcoming environment aren’t enough to soothe their dental anxiety. This is why we offer sedation dentistry. At our office, we offer something called oral conscious sedation. This option makes it easier for patients with dental anxiety to get routine dental care. They can also get multiple procedures done at one time, a necessity for patients that have avoided dental care and have advanced problems.
Before any sedation is performed, Dr. White will do a full oral exam. He’ll also ask about both current and past medical history and any dental problems that the patient is concerned about. He’ll go over the process for sedation dentistry and make a recommendation on if the patient is eligible. Sometimes people with certain medical conditions aren’t eligible for oral conscious sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a deeper form of sedation that provides relaxation for a number of hours. A pill is taken about an hour or so before the procedure takes place. Sedation allows the dentist to get procedures done faster, sometimes performing multiple in one session. Patients that have a low pain tolerance or a severe gag reflex can also benefit from sedation dentistry. Oral sedation takes a long time to wear off, so the patient will need a ride to and from the appointment.
Taking On Dental Anxiety With Your Las Vegas, Nevada Dentist
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