11/10/2012  |  
Posted in Sedation Dentistry
Vanquish Your Fear With Sedation Dentistry

If you're afraid of the dentist, you're not alone. But did you know there's a way of conquering the fears that may have kept you from visiting your dentist for necessary treatment? Using the techniques of sedation dentistry, your dentist can ease your apprehension, and even make the entire experience pain-free. How? By administering a combination of anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) and anesthetic (pain-blocking) drugs, some of which even cause you to forget about the treatment soon after it's over.

If you're afraid of needles, there's good news: One of the most popular methods for delivering sedatives is by mouth. Oral sedation gives us a choice of medications that can be used in various situations. Inhalation conscious sedation — the delivery of nitrous oxide through a mask that fits over the nose — is another method that's needle-free, and provides a mild sense of euphoria during treatment, with no “hangover” effect afterward.

With intravenous conscious sedation, medication is delivered directly into the blood stream for an immediate and highly controllable effect. An oral sedative can be delivered beforehand, if that makes you more comfortable. Before using any type of sedation, your dentist will ask you for a complete health history (including all drugs you may use), and monitor you closely during and after the procedure. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.”

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