We understand that dental procedures are a horrifying experience for some patients. For whatever reason, dental phobias are extremely common. For many people, these phobias are so severe that they avoid the dentist altogether. If you are afraid of the dentist, sedation can help you stay comfortable and ease your fears in the exam chair. Keep reading to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Types of Sedation Available
There are different types of sedation available for different procedures and anxiety levels. The most common types of sedation are nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide is a great option for noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures because it does not have any side effects and wears off immediately. IV sedation is usually reserved for more complex oral surgeries.
Is it Safe?
Dental sedation is safe for children and adults. If you have to take medications or have medical conditions that may impact the way sedation affects you, talk with your oral surgeon before your procedure.
The Importance of a Compassionate Staff
Of course, sedation is just one of the many things that will keep you comfortable during your dental procedure. At Smile 4 Ever Family Dentistry, we understand your fears. We work with many patients who have dental phobias and are committed to helping each person with kind, respectful care. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 281-213-5668.