Do you have oral issues that you haven’t addressed because you’re too scared to visit the dentist? You may have dental anxiety. This common condition is often caused by a previous traumatic visit to the dentist (especially during childhood), but it can also occur as part of generalized anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, giving in to your fear and staying away from the dentist can eventually lead to severe dental problems that require invasive procedures to fix. Drs Ryaz Ansari and Joel Rosenlicht seek to help patients beat their fear with the help of sedation dentistry.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedatives in a dental setting can induce relaxation and calmness in patients who would otherwise be fearful. Drs. Ansari and Rosenlicht offer several sedative options that provide mild to deep relaxation. Here’s what you should know about each option:
- IV Sedation: If you’re receiving a complicated or invasive procedure, an IV sedative may be recommended. It offers very deep relaxation and is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Someone will need to drive you home after your appointment because the affects of the medication can take hours to wear off completely.
- Nitrous Oxide: Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe through a special mask prior to your procedure. It immediately induces feelings of relaxation and can even cause you to feel giddy or euphoric. As soon as the mask is removed, the effects of the gas begin to quickly wear off.
- Oral Sedation: This pill should be taken with water prior to your appointment and can help you feel at ease when it’s time to receive your dental treatment. As with IV sedation, you should have someone drive you to your appointment and back if you take this sedative.
In addition to helping patients with dental anxiety, sedatives may also be a good choice for young children and individuals with special needs.
For more information on sedation dentistry, contact our office today by calling or clicking the attached link to schedule a consultation with Dr.s Rosenlicht & Ansari. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at JawFixers are here to answer any questions you might have about all things sedation dentistry-related. We are currently located in the West Hartford area in Connecticut to better assist you with your oral