Are you a person who struggles with dental anxiety? If so, you should know that you’re not alone. Many people develop a fear of scheduling and attending dentist appointments in their lives. This is often due to a poor experience as a child. If you had a negative experience with the dentist growing up, you may not feel comfortable in a dental office environment. The worst case scenario is that you don’t get the oral healthcare that you need as a result of anxiety. If this is happening to you, sedation dentistry can help. The relief provided by gentle sedation can improve your visit to the dentist.
Oral Sedation Is a Gentle, Self-Administered Sedation for Regular Visits
When you think of “sedation,” you may picture needles and a deep state of unconsciousness. This can add to the anxiety some patients feel. However, oral sedation is a sedative option that is gentle and doesn’t require needles or rest. Oral sedation can be taken by mouth, and creates a feeling of euphoria. You’ll still be able to respond to the dentist, but you may experience an amnesic effect. You will also need someone to drive you home, as the sedation can take a few hours to wear off. This sedation method is more cost-effective than IV sedation.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety Is in Your Best Interest
The goal of any dental sedation is to help you overcome the anxiety that prevents you from receiving treatment. If your fear of the dentist means you’re not receiving regular checkups and cleanings, you may be developing cavities, or even more serious oral health problems. Communicating with your dentist allows you to come up with a treatment method that works for you. Don’t let your teeth fall into decay because of anxiety!
Melrose Dental Arts Provides Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide for Patients
Dr. Amiri and the Melrose team understand what an obstacle dental anxiety can create. That’s why they want to do everything in their power to help you receive the care you need. If you suffer from anxiety, ask about oral sedation for your next visit. To learn more about oral sedation, contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by phone at 760-724-9117.