Help! I Have Dental Anxiety

If you’ve delayed or avoided going to the dentist because of fear or anxiety, you’re not alone. Research indicates that about 22% of adults avoid the dentist because they’re afraid to do so. 

While it may make you feel more comfortable to ignore your dental health, avoiding preventive dental visits increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have a dental condition and are evading treatment, you risk more serious complications such as infection or tooth loss. 

Sedation dentistry may be the solution you need to ease your dental anxiety and make you feel more confident and comfortable about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to help patients remain calm and relaxed during dental procedures.

You can feel confident using sedation dentistry when you visit an experienced dental professional. Sedation dentistry expert Ifeanyi Ezunu, DDS, and the team at Spectrum Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia, offer this convenient option for patients whose dental anxiety interferes with their ability to receive appropriate care. 

Dr. Ezunu and his team have the training and expertise necessary to ensure that you remain safe and comfortable when choosing sedation dentistry for your visit. 

Find out more about sedation dentistry and how it can make a difference in the way you think about going to the dentist.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation delivers a state of extreme relaxation in which you remain awake but feel extremely relaxed or drowsy. The medication allows you to be aware of what’s happening though you may not remember much of the procedure after it’s done.

Oral conscious sedation is administered in a pill, which you take about an hour before your dental procedure begins. 

After your dental treatment, you remain at the dental office until the effects of the medication wear off. However, you won’t be able to drive yourself home after your dental visit if you receive this type of sedation.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sedation agent mixed with oxygen. You inhale the gas by wearing a small mask over your nose throughout the procedure. Dr. Ezunu adjusts the amount of sedative you receive.

Nitrous oxide takes effect fast and wears off quickly. Most patients can drive themselves home after a procedure using nitrous oxide. You may have to wait about 15 minutes after your procedure to ensure that you’re fully free from the drug’s effect. 

Pain control

If you have dental anxiety, you’re likely worried about the degree of pain involved in your dental treatment. 

Sedation dentistry affects your mental state to make you feel more relaxed. While nitrous oxide may increase your pain threshold, most dental procedures require an anesthetic to numb the treatment area even if you’re using sedation dentistry.

However, you can be assured that you won’t receive an injection until after your sedation has taken effect.

Safety concerns

Sedation dentistry is safe for patients of all ages who are in good health. Before your visit, Dr. Ezunu reviews your medical history, current condition, and prescriptions to determine whether you can safely use sedation dentistry.

Having certain medical conditions, like obstructive sleep apnea or obesity, may prevent you from using this service. Being in your first trimester of pregnancy may also make you ineligible for sedation dentistry.

Dr. Ezunu and the team at Spectrum Dental Care are highly trained in sedation dentistry. They use only FDA-approved medications for sedation dentistry and monitor your vital signs closely to ensure you remain safe while under the effects of oral sedation or nitrous oxide.

Find out more about sedation dentistry and how this service can help you overcome dental anxiety. Schedule an appointment online or call Spectrum Dental Care today.

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