How Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Dental Anxiety

It’s not uncommon to feel a little jittery before a big dental procedure, but you shouldn’t let dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you need. As many as 20% of adults avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Unfortunately, avoiding a problem (such as a cavity) can create bigger problems in the long run. 

Here at SPA Dental Group, we don’t want you to avoid dental care, but we don’t want you to feel nervous either. Dr. Shebani Pahwa, Dr. Maham Siddiqui, and Dr. Samantha Ben-Ezra offer the most advanced forms of sedation to keep you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your appointment.  

In this guide, we explain what sedation dentistry is and how it calms dental anxiety.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is sometimes called “sleep dentistry," but that phrase is slightly misleading. Sedation refers to the use of medication to help you relax during dental procedures. While you might feel relaxed enough to drift off to sleep, not all types of sedation put you to sleep.  

Three popular types of sedation dentistry include:

1. Laughing gas

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is delivered via a mask. You simply breathe in this colorless, odorless gas, and you instantly relax. So how does this gas calm your dental anxiety? When you breathe in this gas, it slows down your body's reaction time. This results in a relaxed, euphoric feeling. 

As quick as laughing gas works, it also wears off quickly. When we remove the mask and you stop inhaling the gas, the effects wear off quickly. This means that you can drive yourself home after your appointment. 

2. Oral sedation

Oral sedation is another popular sedation option. This medication is delivered via an oral pill that you take 30-60 minutes before your appointment. The medication can make you feel drowsy and lose track of time. This helps reduce anxiety because your three-hour appointment feels like just a few minutes. It’s very possible that you’re so relaxed that you fall asleep, but you aren’t intentionally made to fall asleep.

Unlike laughing gas, oral sedation doesn’t wear off quickly. This means you’ll need to plan ahead for a friend or family member to drive you back home.

3. General sedation

You may opt for general sedation for more complex oral surgeries. During general sedation, you are unconscious, and you sleep through the entire procedure.

Which option is right for you?

There are many factors to consider when deciding between various types of oral sedation, including:

Sedation dentistry can help you relax during a variety of dental procedures, including fillings, root canals, periodontal treatment, extractions, implant surgery, wisdom tooth surgery, and emergency appointments (such as treating cracked or broken teeth). 

Regardless of which type of sedation dentistry you need, you’ll still receive an anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Sedation relaxes you, and anesthetics block pain.

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from seeking dental care. Our compassionate and skilled team can help you explore all of your sedation dentistry options. To learn more, call the location of your choice or book your appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Importance of Emergency Dental Care

No one plans on having a dental emergency, but if it happens to you, you need to know what to do and where to get help. Here, you’ll learn when to seek immediate care and find out what to do in the event of an urgent dental need.

When Oral Surgery Is Necessary

When you have serious dental issues that can’t be remedied with advanced dental techniques, you may need oral surgery. However, let our professional expertise and experience put your concerns to rest.

Why Invisalign Might Be Right for You

Are you ready to have straight teeth and a new smile without having to wear traditional metal braces? The innovative technology of Invisalign® might be your answer. Find out if you might be a candidate for this convenient way to get the smile you want.

6 Problems That Dental Veneers Improve

If you’re not happy with the way your smile looks, or if you have issues with your teeth that need repair, dental veneers can make the difference. Keep reading to find out if you’re a candidate for this treatment, and learn about their benefits.

The Importance of Fluoride

You probably know that your toothpaste contains fluoride, but have you ever wondered why? Fluoride is nature’s best cavity fighter, and in this blog, we explore the importance of fluoride and where you can find it.

Who Can Benefit From a Mouth Guard

Mouth guards are often included in the list of protective sports gear, but how do you know if you need a mouth guard or a night guard? In this blog, we answer these questions and shed light on who can benefit from mouth guards and night guards.