Sedation Dentistry: A Game-Changer for Patients with Severe Dental Anxiety

Somewhere between 9-20% of Americans have dental anxiety. If you’re one of them, you know about the fear that can prohibit appropriate dental care. You may even have severe dental anxiety or dental phobia.

The problem with severe dental anxiety

Severe dental anxiety is a problem because you’re unlikely to get routine cleanings and checkups, which are often the first line of defense against more serious issues, such as decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and even oral cancer. Also, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you’re unable to take care of your teeth due to anxiety, the first impression you make may suffer, along with your self-esteem.

Some of the symptoms of dental anxiety include:

One of the most important steps you can take if you suspect you have dental anxiety is to discuss it with Dr. Chaudry and the staff at Dental Center of Tysons Corner. They may have suggestions to help you, and knowing that you’re anxious will help them communicate more clearly with you.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication to help you relax and stay calm during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation dentistry, including:

The type of sedation that will work best for you depends on many factors including the severity of your dental anxiety, the reason for your visit to Dental Center of Tysons Corner, and your overall health.

How sedation dentistry eases dental anxiety

Sedation may be the best way for you to relax during your dental visit. There are several different types of drugs and methods of delivery that can be used in sedation dentistry.

You’re probably familiar with inhaled minimal sedation, or nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is sometimes called laughing gas. It helps you relax and wears off quickly.

Medication that you take by mouth is oral sedation, and its effect can be either minimal or moderate, depending on the drug and the dosage. This is often what people think of when they hear the phrase “sedation dentistry.” You may need to take the medication an hour or so before your procedure.

Depending on your situation, you may need moderate sedation through an IV. Since the drug is delivered directly into your bloodstream, it works faster. The IV also allows Dr. Chaudry to control the level of sedation during the procedure.

If you require general anesthesia, it means you’ll be fully unconscious during your procedure. You won’t wake up until the anesthesia wears off, and it will probably take a little longer for you to recover from the effects of the medication.

Dental care doesn’t have to be scary

Your oral health is important, and you don’t have to feel anxious about visiting the dentist. Discuss your anxiety with Dr. Chaudry. Sedation dentistry could be the most appropriate solution for you.

Book an appointment at Dental Center of Tysons Corner online or by phone today for a personal assessment of your situation!

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