Afraid of the Dentist? You’re Not the Only One.
Feeling a little nervous about going to the dentist’s office is normal. However, for many Americans, their feelings of unease, distress, apprehension, anxiety, and fear go far beyond what would be considered typical. Experts estimate that 30-40 million people in the U.S.suffer from dental fear so intense that they avoid visiting the dentist altogether.A great many more experience strong feelings of anxiety that make dental care a nearly unbearable ordeal.
While the causes contributing to a person’s dental fear or anxiety could stem from a number of sources – a traumatizing experience earlier in life, a general fear or dislike of clinical spaces, stories of other people’s negative experiences in the dentist’s chair – the results of avoiding professional dental care are dire. Untreated dental issues can lead to pain, impaired oral function, reduced quality of life, and tooth loss. Luckily, Austin dentist offers solutions to help her nervous, anxious, and fearful patients receive the care they need.
Sedation Dentistry Options with Your Austin Dentist
We take dental fear and anxiety seriously and offers two solutions to help patients feel relaxed during their visit:
- Nitrous oxide. First used as a dental anesthetic in the mid-19th century, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, provides a safe method for taking the edge off during a dental procedure. This sweet-smelling gas is administered through a nasal mask and produces feelings of euphoria and detachment to help our patients relax. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within a few minutes after the mask is removed.
- Oral sedation. Utilizing proven anti-anxiety medications, oral sedation allows patients with moderate to severe dental fear or anxiety to remain in a state of profound relaxation throughout even complex procedures. Patients take a dose of medication about an hour before their appointment. While patients are still clinically awake and able to answer questions, they will feel comfortable and “out of it” during the procedure.
In some cases, we combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide to heighten a patient’s sense of relaxation.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
In the hands of an experienced and licensed professional, sedation dentistry is completely safe. Nitrous oxide has been proven a safe method for helping even young children relax during a procedure. Patients undergoing oral sedation are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure that heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure remain stable.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Austin Dentist
The Austin Dentist team looks forward to helping you and your family enjoy happy, healthy smiles. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (512) 549-4069. Our Austin dentist office proudly provides preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and laser dentistry to families in Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding communities.