Fears of the dentist are not uncommon. However, visiting the dentist is important for the health of your mouth, your overall health, and your quality of life. If you haven’t been to the dentist in years because you can’t stand the thought of sitting in that chair, sedation dentistry can help. Here are some reasons why you should give it a try.
There are different kinds
With the help of your dentist, you can choose the type of sedation that is right for you, depending on your level of anxiety and your preference. Oral sedation is just a pill; nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is given through a mask on your nose; intravenous sedation involves a needle inserted into your arm. With any one of these, you will be awake but in a very relaxed state.
Sedation dentistry is safe
Sedation dentistry has a long history of patient safety. However, before your procedure, your dentist will want to go over your medical history with you and will ask you about any medications you are taking, to ensure that you can safely be put under sedation.
It helps you to take care of your teeth
Everyone knows how important it is to see the dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups. This helps to keep your teeth healthy and lets your dentist catch any problems before they become serious. If you do skip these visits because you are afraid of the dentist, it can mean more problems later, and, unfortunately, in the long run, even more time spent in the dentist’s chair! Sedation dentistry also makes it easy for you to get several procedures taken care of at once instead of having to come back for multiple visits.
You won’t remember much afterwards
Another great thing about sedation is that, even though you are conscious during the procedure, you’ll have little memory of it when it is all done.
There is no need to avoid the dentist because of fear. Contact Arlington Dental Aesthetics or South Riding Smiles today to discuss sedation dentistry. Call the Arlington office at (703) 214-3183 or the South Riding office at (703) 214-3185.