April 13, 2017
You’ll never forget your first dental visit – the sound of the drill filling your cavity when you were a kid still makes you cringe today. And, although you hate to admit it, you stay away from the dentist’s chair unless treatment is absolutely necessary. You wish you could get over your dental anxiety, but you’re not sure if there are any ways to address your fears. In this post, Dr. Brenda Gong, your preferred dentist in Angier, shares her expert information on the sedation dentistry methods she uses to set her patients at ease during their time at Accent Family Dental.
What Sedation Dentistry Treatments Do You Offer?
Dr. Gong prides herself on her warm, compassionate chairside manner to help make her patients feel comfortable. She provides two distinct methods of sedation to calm her nervous patients, and these each have unique advantages:
- Inhalation Sedation – Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas,” is a sweet tasting gas that is given to you through an inhaler placed over the nose. You’ll relax and breathe in, letting the medication take effect. This effective option is excellent since it takes effect within seconds, and wears of quickly once stopped. You’ll have no “hangover” effect either. You can drive to and from your appointment, and still be completely calm while undergoing your dental care. And, inhalation sedation is so safe, even kids can undergo this treatment.
- Oral Conscious Sedation – In this method, you’ll take a sedative medication in pill form before you come to the office for your appointment, and you’ll usually take another small dose once you arrive. You’ll be extremely relaxed while Dr. Gong takes care of you – you might even fall asleep and it’s common for patients not to remember their treatment at all due to the relaxant effects of the sedatives. You’ll need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment, since the medication will make you drowsy and unable to drive. It’s best to schedule your appointment in the afternoon, so that you can relax as the medication wears off throughout the remainder of the day. Then, you can go back to work or school the next morning without any problems.
Am I A Good Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?
Since about 1 in 6 Americans suffer from common dental worries, Dr. Gong recommends that patients who meet the criteria below talk with her about their options. Speak with her if you have:
- Severe dental anxiety or phobias
- Strong gag reflex
- TJM dysfunction or jaw problems
- Traumatic experiences with previous dental care
- Difficulty controlling the movements of your body
- Resistance to local anesthesia (numbing medications) like lidocaine
Let us know if you have any health problems like a heart or respiratory condition, an allergy to any medications, or if you’re taking any medications. A thorough and accurate medical history with details provided by you is important in making sure Dr. Gong can prescribe the appropriate treatment.
And don’t be ashamed if you have dental anxiety – even championship athletes like LeBron James deal with this common mental health woe, so there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Speak up – we understand and we’re here to help you relax.
Now that you know how sedation dentistry can benefit you, schedule your appointment with Accent Family Dental to get the compassionate dental care you deserve!
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