How Your Dental Anxiety Is Affecting Your Health (And How We Can Help)
Feeling anxious or fearful about going to the dentist affects millions of Americans. Sadly, it often keeps patients from getting the dental care they need, which means that when they do finally make it to the dentist, it is because they are having problems or they're in pain. This just continues the cycle of anxiety and fear about dental visits.
A Different Approach
Dr. Andrew Anderson was one of the first dentists in the state to become licensed to perform sedation dentistry because he felt there was a better way to care for fearful patients. With the use of dental sedation techniques, he is able to help patients feel relaxed and at ease during any type of procedure, which allows them to not only get the restorative treatment they need but also to complete routine preventative visits that help to maintain their oral health.
Nitrous is a gas that is used for mild dental sedation. Also called laughing gas for the euphoric feelings it can elicit, nitrous helps to "take the edge off" for patients during any type of procedure. It's safe for both adults and children and doesn't interfere with your normal activities since it leaves your system quickly.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Patients who may need deeper sedation might benefit from oral conscious sedation. This form of sedation takes patients into a deeper relaxation using medication that is prescribed by your dentist and taken one hour prior to your appointment.
While you remain conscious and responsive, due to the nature of the medication, you will likely have no memory of what happened during your appointment. You will also need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment and plan on resting afterward.
If you are looking for the top sedation dentist in Edina, contact your team at 50th and France Dental Care and talk with Dr. Anderson about your options.