How sedation dentistry can help with anxiety
Dental anxiety is an issue that causes many patients to forgo important dental treatments—even basic cleanings. But Dr. Paul Herrera, Lawrence, KY dentist at Rockledge Dentistry, offers a solution--sedation dentistry. Sedation can help mitigate your dental anxiety, so you can finally get the treatment that you need. Learn more about these options so that you can discuss them in detail with your Lawrence dentist at your next appointment.
It's estimated as much as 15 percent of the American population struggles with some level of dental anxiety. This anxiety can range from being mildly uncomfortable with going to see a dentist to being completely terrified of anything that makes you think of the dentist. You might cringe at the mere mention of a root canal or filling.
Sedation Relaxes You
Patients no longer have to worry about the fear of going to the dentist, thanks to sedation dentistry. Sedation relieves anxiety by relaxing the nerves in your body. The type of sedation to be administered depends on:
the type of procedure you're having
your level of anxiety
your medical history and ability to handle certain types of medication
There are four primary types of sedation offered to patients who have dental anxiety:
topical or local anesthesia (mild – an injection of Novocaine at the site that requires treatment)
nitrous oxide (mild/moderate – also called laughing gas)
oral sedation (moderate – pills are taken in advance to relax nerves)
IV sedation (deep or sleep dentistry – patient usually has little to no memory of the appointment)
An Anxiety-Free Dentist Appointment
Wouldn't you love to go to the dentist and be completely free of anxiety as your dental problems are fixed? Then talk to Dr. Paul Herrera, your Lawrence, KY dentist at Rockledge Dentistry, about your options for sedation dentistry. Call today for an anxiety-free tomorrow.