Dental Anxiety Options
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Good dental health is an essential component of strong overall health. However, fear or anxiety associated with visiting the dentist can keep you from receiving the dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. If you feel nervous or anxious at the thought of visiting the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry can help you feel more comfortable, relaxed and safe.
What Is Dental Anxiety?
Dental anxiety refers to any feelings of fear, nervousness or discomfort when you think about visiting the dentist for treatment. You may feel nervous at the idea of a dental checkup, dental cleaning or dental surgery. Dental anxiety is extremely common and is nothing to be ashamed of. There are many reasons you may feel dental anxiety, including:
- A previously poor experience with a dentist, either as a child or an adult
- Tooth sensitivity that makes you worry that a dental cleaning or checkup may hurt
- Dislike of letting other people into your personal space
- Fear of injections or worry that numbing medication won’t work during dental treatment
- Worry about the loss of control you may feel in the dentist’s chair
- Embarrassment over the health of your smile
- Discomfort at the sounds, smells or sights of the dental office (such as the dental drill)
Your sedation dentist understands all of these fears and can help you address them so you will feel relaxed and comfortable, allowing you to receive the dental treatment you need.
Types of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation involves the use of medication to help you feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry” because you are in a deep state of relaxation that is close to sleep. Depending upon the level of sedation used, you may be conscious but relaxed, or you may remain asleep during your dental procedure.
- Oral sedation: This option uses medication taken by mouth to help you relax. You may either be asked to take a prescription sedative before your visit to the dental office, or your dentist may give you medication once you arrive to achieve light-to-moderate sedation.
- IV sedation: The IV sedation option administers sedation medication directly into your bloodstream via the use of an intravenous line. This type of sedation allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation quickly and easily. IV sedation can be used for moderate-to-deep sedation dentistry.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: In one form of conscious inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide gas (also known as laughing gas) is used to induce a state of relaxation. A local anesthetic will be administered in combination with nitrous oxide sedation to eliminate pain.
- General Anesthesia: This method of dental sedation refers to the use of anesthetic to render the patient unconscious. Unlike other sedation methods, the patient will be completely unaware of his or her surroundings, making the use of local anesthetic unnecessary.
There are various levels of sedation dentistry, ranging from mild to deep, allowing your dentist to tailor your treatment to suit your needs. Contact the dental office of Dr. Jeffrey Rabinowitz by calling (212) 826-2322 to learn more about your sedation options during dental treatment in Manhattan.
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