If you find it hard to think of anything other than the dentist’s office when you have an appointment coming up, you’re far from alone. Every year, millions of Americans put off much-needed dental appointments because they haven’t found a way to overcome their dental anxieties.
However, many people are finding that sedation dentistry offers a way to slow down their racing thoughts and get through their procedures comfortably. Take a look at sedation dentistry and find out how it can take the stress out of your time in the chair.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Inhaled through a mask, nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can be administered to relieve your anxieties and put your mind at peace without putting you to sleep for your procedure. The nitrous oxide wears off relatively quickly, so you shouldn’t have many lingering effects, if any.
As an alternative to nitrous oxide, you will likely also find oral medications among your options for sedation dentistry in Miami, FL. For many people, a pill taken orally is the simplest route for taking a sedative for a dental procedure.
Likely the biggest downside to taking a sedative orally is that time required for it to kick in. So there’s the potential your appointment duration could increase to accommodate the wait for your oral sedative to kick in.
The focus of a local anesthetic is to minimize or completely mute pain in a given area of the body. It’s not uncommon for a local anesthetic to be administered even when it isn’t completely necessary. For people who get anxious anticipating pain, whether mild or severe, a local anesthetic can take the fear of pain out of the experience – and provide the patient the sort of peace of mind that sedatives are known for facilitating.
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