By Michael Flatley, D.D.S.
September 03, 2014
About thirty percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear, which is too common of a phobia that prevents you from receiving the necessary routine dental care. This can potentially compromise the health and functionality of your mouth and smile. If you have a fear of the dentist or had a traumatic experience in the past, you may benefit from the latest advancements in dentistry. With sedation dentistry at our Gig Harbor, WA dental office your worries and anxieties can be eliminated. It can also be helpful to those who might have difficulty getting numb, have a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth.
1. Oral Sedation
Oral sedation dentistry in Gig Harbor is now one of the most common techniques used in the United States. This form of dentistry is easy and requires no needles, so you will not have to worry when it comes to your dental procedure.
During this specific type of sedation dentistry, your level of consciousness is maintained for safety and cooperation. You are not asleep with oral sedation, but in a comfortable and relaxed state. Your threshold for pain may heighten with oral sedation, but it is still often required to use a local anesthetic injected in your mouth.
- A wide array of patients can benefit from oral sedation including those with:
- High dental anxiety and fear
- A severe gag reflex
- Chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Difficulty getting numb
- A reluctance to previously complete treatment plans
- Extensive treatment needs
2. Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Available to significantly reduce your fears and discomforts, intravenous sedation is quick acting and extremely effective for moderate to severe dental anxiety. The level of sedation used can be adjusted during your procedure so that you will remain comfortable at all times.
An anti-anxiety medication is administered into your bloodstream to achieve a state of deep conscious sedation, which does not mean you are asleep, but that you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation. After the procedure you may not remember too much about it and the appointment will seem like a dream, while the procedure will feel like it only took minutes to perform.
3. Inhalation Sedation
With the use of nitrous oxide (N2O), also known as laughing gas, inhalation sedation is one of the most commonly used types of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that has a sweet taste in which you can breathe in and it is not irritating. Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide produces euphoria when inhaled in small amounts. Inhalation sedation can be given for the exact time span it is needed for.
Whichever type of sedation dentistry you receive, it is important to visit our local Gig Harbor dental office for more information on the best way to perform your procedure and calm your fears. Dental anxiety no longer has to rule your life and prevent you from receiving proper dental care. Leave your dental fear and anxiety at the door with sedation dentistry from Dr. Michael Flatley.