Not everyone is excited to see their dentist. Statistics show that three-fourths of the American adult population experiences anxiety while five to ten percent experience dental phobia. People with tolerable anxiety and fear do not need sedatives but for those with intense dental fear, sedation dentistry in Tampa, Florida, may be necessary.
Individuals who have dental phobia can benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves adding sedative drugs to your system to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. This can be administered orally, through inhalation, or intravenously.
The ideal candidates for sedation are those who suffer from generalized anxiety, previous dental trauma, and belonephobia or the fear of needles.
The type of sedation used will depend on the needs of the patient, the type of procedure, and the patient’s medical history.
Oral Sedation – in oral sedation, patients are asked to take a sedative drug orally before the procedure. The drug may be taken the night before the procedure, a couple of hours before treatment, or right before the needle is inserted.
Laughing Gas – nitrous oxide is given through inhalation. This is a combination of laughing gas and local anesthesia to help the patient relax.
Intravenous Sedation – another term for IV sedation is deep sedation. Once it is administered intravenously you will feel sleepy. Examples of IV sedatives include valium and diazepam.
If you are scheduled for a dental procedure and your anxiety level is overwhelming, talk to us and we’ll discuss your sedative options.
At Lake Park Dental, we have a team that’s committed to providing you with the absolute best in dental care. We have the experience, training, and skills to perform dental procedures successfully and safely. Schedule an appointment with us so we can discuss your concerns.