Do you dread visiting your dentist? If so, don’t beat yourself up over it. The reality is that between 9% and 15% of Americans avoid seeing their dentist because of anxiety and phobia. That doesn’t sound like a large portion of the population, but it translates into 30 to 40 million people. Your sedation dentist of Manassas understands these fears all too well, but still reminds you that semi-annual visits serve as one of the cornerstones of oral care. That’s why he offers sedation dentistry to help calm your fears. Read on to learn about some of the methods he employs.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is geared toward helping you overcome anxieties and phobias, so that you can take advantage of the benefits of professional oral care. Before moving forward, let’s differentiate between the two:
- Anxiety – An anxiety is an uncomfortable or uneasy feeling you get about doing something, being in a particular environment or around certain people.
- Phobia – When you have a phobia, however, it represents a more extreme and crippling fear of being in certain situations.
Different Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are three types of sedation dentistry made available to you, including:
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this form of sedation has been used for over 100 years now. A mask will be placed on your face, allowing you to inhale gas throughout the process. The effects should wear off by the end of your treatment.
- Oral Sedation – Your dentist will prescribe a pill for you to take about an hour before your visit, so that from the moment you walk into the door, you’ll be calm and relaxed. The effects may take a while to wear off, so it’s best that you have someone to drive you home after the procedure is done.
- IV Sedation – With this method, the medication is delivered intravenously, providing your dentist with greater control of the amount of sedative that you receive. It will cause you to dose off during the procedure, but you will remain conscious enough to respond to your dentist verbally. After the procedure is complete, it will take a few minutes to awake. It is also suggested that you have a person accompany you for this type of treatment.
You no longer have to be held hostage to your fears. There is a way to get the oral care that you want and need. Reach out to your dentist today to schedule your first visit, and become one of the 30 to 40 million people to overcome fears of the dentist and move into a space of excellent oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Tamer Wahab graduated from dental school in 1999 and then went on to serve a General Practice Residency at Saint Mary’s Hospital. A Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, he is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and several other professional organizations. Dr. Wahab practices at Galleria Dental Arts and can be reached for more information through his website.