Does the thought of walking into a dentist’s office cause anxiety? While most people can come and go to a dental appointment without a hiccup, some people with dental anxieties can have a very difficult time. Dental anxieties and dental phobia can be so debilitating and overwhelming that some people may forego necessary oral care for years.
Dr. Holloman offers sedation dentistry in a serene treatment setting. Our staff strives to accommodate the needs of all our patients, including those with anxiety and dental phobia. We take a compassionate approach to treatment so that our guests can build positive experiences and establish a comfortable relationship with our team. Sedation dentistry involves the administration of medications or “laughing gas” to increase comfort, reduce anxiety, and promote a contented treatment experience.
Many people suffer with uncontrollable and debilitating anxieties related to dental treatment and clinical settings. When a person is plagued with moderate to severe anxiety related to a specific thing, place, or type of event, it is called a phobia. Dental phobias are not incredibly uncommon. Some people have genetic predispositions to anxiety disorders while others might develop a dental phobia after a negative experience with dental professionals or dental treatment.
Those with phobia of dental settings can find great relief with sedation dentistry. By utilizing compounds like nitrous oxide or sedating medication, patients can feel calm and relaxed during treatment. This is possible because sedation works with receptors in the brain responsible for producing the chemical reactions that cause feelings of severe panic, worry, and fear. By impeding the chemical reactions responsible for anxiety, sedating medications can allow a person to rest peacefully and comfortably during treatment. If you are interested in sedation dentistry for dental phobias, we recommend speaking with our dentist, Dr. Holloman. After discussing your needs and asking some questions, our dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry.
There are a few different forms of sedation available to patients. The benefits and effects of each method differ. The mildest form of sedation is nitrous oxide. Commonly called “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide has pain-relieving and sedating effects. When administered, patients receiving nitrous oxide report feelings of warm euphoria and calmness.
Another option for anxious patients is conscious sedation. This type of sedation involves administering medication that can produce a very relaxed state. Some people might fall asleep during treatment. Even though sleepiness and grogginess are common side effects of sedatives, patients will not be induced into a medically unconscious state. Those receiving sedation dentistry will be able to respond to instructions or questions. Sedating medication administered in tablet or IV form has lasting effects on cognitive and motor function. Due to this, those receiving prescription medication during treatment must have a friend or family member provide transportation to and from our office.
For questions about comfort amenities like sedation dentistry, call our office today.