If visiting the dentist ranks high up there on your list of fears (along with spiders and a long, quiet evening without WiFi connectivity), we’ve got good news for you. Sedation dentistry in Columbus can help you relax in the dental chair at long last! There’s really no need to get all worked up about a little dental work, but we understand why visiting the dentist can be stressful for some patients. Learn how the team at Creative Smiles can help!
Why Do Dental Fears Develop?
Many adults are nervous when it’s time to visit the dentist — but when the phobia causes you to ignore the need for regular dental work, it’s time to seek a solution. While any number of factors can cause a phobia to develop, there are three main reasons people fear the dentist:
- A previous bad past experience (often from childhood)
- Feeling a lack of control in the dental chair
- Anxiety that they will need serious restorative care because they haven’t visited the dentist in a long time
No matter what causes the dental fear, sedation dentistry helps. In fact, some patients find they only need to use it once — after they’ve had the chance to visit the dentist under sedation, they see there’s really nothing to fear from dental work. That makes it easier to resume their regular dental appointments for a healthy, long-lasting smile.
There are two options in sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
Settling Your Nerves with Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an ideal solution for patients with mild to moderate anxiety undergoing simple procedures. It’s nothing too powerful; it works by just taking the edge off you while you have your dental work performed. You will have a light, happy sensation under nitrous oxide. The effects wear off as soon as the procedure is complete and the mask has been removed, so you can continue on about your day without any lasting grogginess.
Oral Conscious Sedation Provides Deeper Relaxation
For patients who need a little extra help relaxing, we offer oral conscious sedation. It’s also a good solution for people whose mobility issues prevent them from reclining for a long period of time, or for those who wish to have longer procedures performed all in one go.
To achieve oral conscious sedation, we will prescribe a pill for you to take orally about an hour before your procedure begins. Plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, as its effects are stronger than nitrous oxide. The medicine will have started to take effect once you’re settling into one of our comfortable chairs, so you’re ready to relax your way to a healthier smile. Many patients do not remember the details of their treatment under oral conscious sedation, which is a big bonus for anyone with a dental phobia.
Visit the Dentist in Columbus!
Regular visits to the dentist are an important aspect of long-lasting oral health. If you’re avoiding the dental chair due to a phobia, it’s time for you to overcome your fear. The team at Creative Smiles can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment!