Going to the dentist always scared you as a child, so as an adult you've tried your best to avoid dental visits. This resulted, however, in some problems with your teeth and now you feel embarrassed about how long it's been since you've seen the dentist and how your smile has degraded.
You are not alone – that is the first thing to understand. Many people feel the same way you do and it keeps them from their dental appointments as well. The next thing you should know is that dentistry has improved a lot over the years and there are techniques and options for sedation available to help you feel more comfortable and at ease when you're in the dental chair. The last thing you should know is that your sedation dentist in Edina never judges, and we strive to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome at 50th and France Dental Care.
Here's what you should know about your options for dental sedation.
Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide helps takes the edge off of most dental procedures. It is easily administered through a mask as it is a gas that you will breathe in during your procedure. Nitrous helps you feel calm and even produces feelings of euphoria and happiness. Best of all, it leaves your system as soon as the mask is removed so you are able to continue your normal activities and even drive home after your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients with more severe anxiety, or larger and more complex treatment plan, oral conscious sedation is an excellent option for deeper relaxation. This type of sedation is administered through a pill taken an hour before your procedure.
While you will still be conscious and responsive, you will feel deeply relaxed, almost as if you were sleeping throughout your procedure. Due to the nature of the medication, you will have little to no memory of your appointment and you'll need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment.
To learn more about your options for dental sedation, give 50th and France Dental Care a call today.