Do you become anxious at the first thought of having to visit the dentist? If you’re one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety, it can be stressful to even get a simple dental procedure done. Fortunately, those that do suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, sedation dentistry may be the answer to help relieve their anxiety and fear. Dental sedation can be used in dental procedures ranging from invasive oral surgery to a simple professional cleaning. The following include the four most common methods of sedation dentistry:
Nitrous oxide. Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that is placed over your nose to calm your nerves. But you will still need to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
Oral sedation. This method involves the patient taking an oral medication the night before and day of the dental procedure. The recovery time for this method is a bit longer than with nitrous oxide.
IV sedation. This type of dental sedation is administered into the bloodstream, resulting in immediate relaxation.
General anesthesia. This is the method of dental sedation which makes the patient either almost unconscious or fully unconscious during the dental procedure. However, under general anesthesia, the patient cannot be easily awakened until the effects fully wear off.
There are many ways you can conquer your dental phobias and get dental work you need. If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, your dentist will be able to choose the best method of sedation dentistry.
If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.