Let’s face it—no one really enjoys going to the dentist. But, regular checkups and cleanings as well as treatments like root canals and dental implants are vital to keeping your oral in good condition. Beyond that, regular cleanings and dental checkups also improve your overall health and confidence levels.
When you suffer from a fear of the dentist though, it can make it difficult to keep up with those routine visits. In fact, many people with dental anxiety avoid making an appointment until they are in a great deal of pain. Fortunately, there is a solution to help you combat dental visit anxiety and it’s called oral conscious sedation. Let’s look at oral conscious sedation in bit more detail to learn how it can help you combat dental visit anxiety.
Who should consider oral conscious sedation
There are a range of people that can benefit from oral conscious sedation. If your teeth are especially sensitive or your threshold for pain is low, you’ll find that the sedation allows you to feel more comfortable and relieves pain. Patients that have trouble sitting still or have a sensitive gag reflex also experience relief.
Even if you don’t usually have dental anxiety, when getting a lot of work done, you may feel more anxious than normal. Speak with your dentist about oral conscious sedation to find out if it would be right for you.
What can you expect when you visit the dentist
Once you’ve spoken to your dentist about oral conscious sedation and decided that it’s right for you, have a conversation about the dose level. Oral conscious sedation comes in a pill form such as Valium. Based on the dosage, you can feel anywhere from drowsy to moderately sedated. While some will only feel very relaxed and tired, others may fall asleep during the treatment.
Other ways to calm your dental visit anxiety
Beyond choosing oral conscious sedation to calm your nerves, there are a few other techniques that can help. First, don’t hesitate to let your dentist know that you get anxious when visiting the dentist. At Lowes Island Dentistry, we want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible. Knowing more about you helps us make that possible!
Also, make sure you get routine cleanings twice a year. The more you visit the dentist, the less anxious you’ll be when you need more than a checkup. Plus, you’ll be better able to avoid major treatments.
If you want to learn more about oral conscious sedation, reach out to the friendly and professional team at Lowes Island Dentistry!