Having a good oral hygiene routine and going to the dentist regularly is mainly for preventative reasons. We do these things to prevent oral cancer, toothaches, cavities, gum disease and anything else that can damage our teeth. Protecting the health of our teeth and gums is something that we must consistently do. Even by brushing and flossing every day problems with our teeth can still occur. When problems arise in your mouth, going to the dentist is the solution.
For many people going to the dentist is an unpleasant experience that may cause anxiety. This anxiety may prevent them from getting their teeth checked which results in even more dental problems. Thankfully, there is something out there that can help you if you’re scared to get your teeth taken care of.
Sedation dentistry is type of dentistry that uses sedatives to relax people when they have to get a cavity filled or fix a root canal. This is quite common and has also been refereed to as “relaxation dentistry”. The point is for the patient to receive treatment they need without being aware of what is going on. This has been great for patients with dentophobia or anxiety problems. Each method of sedation is safe to use and allows dentists to do more and work quickly.
Dentists use one of three methods for sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide which is laughing gas.
- Oral sedation which is a pill you take by mouth that puts you asleep.
- IV sedation which works extremely quickly and puts you in deep conscious sedation.
Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. If you are scared or experience anxiety during dental procedures see if sedation dentistry is for you. Contact Greenspoint Dental to help you with your dental needs.