If the thought of going to the dentist brings on anxiety or fear, you’re not alone — 9-15% of the population in the United States avoids the dentist’s chair because of dental anxiety. To ensure you get the dental care you need, the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care offers sedation dentistry, allowing patients in Bethesda, Maryland, to sit back and relax while their teeth are being well looked after. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
The goal of sedation dentistry is simple — to keep you comfortable and anxiety-free while you get the dental care you need. Dental anxiety is very common, but if it gets to a point where you’re avoiding having dental issues treated, it can have a very serious effect on your health.
With sedation dentistry, the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care is able to address your anxiety or fear while safeguarding the health of your teeth and preventing small problems from becoming major issues that require extensive work.
Several choices are available when it comes to sedation dentistry. The option that’s best for you depends upon your level of anxiety. Dental anxiety is more of a spectrum in which some people feel moderately anxious about dental work to the opposite end where dental phobia comes into play.
If you tend more toward the moderate end, the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care can supply you with an oral sedative and/or anti-anxiety medication, which you can take before your appointment. This level of sedation is designed to minimally depress your level of consciousness.
If you suffer from moderate-to-severe anxiety over dental work, your dentist could recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous (IV) sedation. These sedation options are extremely effective in helping you relax during your visit as they create a drug-induced depression of your consciousness.
Many patients report that they’re not even aware of the dental work being done. As an added benefit, both nitrous oxide and IV sedation are fast-acting and your dentist can control your sedation level throughout your visit.
Once your work is done, your dentist ceases the sedative, which quickly clears your system.
Sedation dentistry is considered very safe. If you do opt for sedation dentistry, you should arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You might feel some residual drowsiness afterward so you should plan accordingly.
The bottom line is that sedation dentistry is not only safe, but it’s also highly beneficial to your overall health and wellness if you’re getting the dental care you need when you need it.
For more information on sedation dentistry, call Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care or request an appointment using the online booking tool.