A visit to the dentist isn’t always the most enjoyable experience, but for some people, it causes severe anxiety. In fact, this dental phobia can become so bad that people don’t go to the dentist at all and never receive the regular, routine care they need in order to retai optimal oral health.
If you suffer from any kind of anxiety when you think about a dentist visit, then sedation dentistry is your answer.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is exactly what it sounds like. Depending on your level of nervousness, Dr. Jared Mayer, DMD and Kurt Bazilus, DDS will prescribe the correct amount of medication needed to relax you while you’re in the office. Once you’re sufficiently relaxed, the dental procedures will begin.
What types of sedation exist?
There are four types of sedation – laughing gas (nitrous oxide), mild sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. In order, those levels of sedation are heavier than their predecessor. If you have serious dental anxieties, but don’t need major oral surgery, you’ll likely undergo deep IV sedation.
Is it safe?
Yes. Sedation dentistry is very safe, and in fact is necessary for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive the treatment they need. You may need someone to drive you home from your appointment if you end up with deep sedation or general anesthesia, but aside from that you should be able to function easily after the procedure is finished.
Sedation dentistry can be incredibly helpful. If it’s something you’re interested in, or you more questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 480-359-1473 to get answers.