Making you more comfortable at the dentist

4 options to make you more comfortable at the dentist

dental anxiety, fear of the dentist, painful dentistry, dental sedation, Westminster dentistDental visits may not be on many people’s list of fun things to do, but most can get through their dental appointments without severe anxiety. For other people, dental anxiety can be such a problem that they avoid seeing the dentist completely, sometimes even when they have a problem with their teeth. What many people do not realize is that dentists are well aware of the widespread problem of dental anxiety, and they offer treatment for it. Just like anesthesia is administered before a dental procedure to eliminate pain, dental sedation can be administered before a procedure to alleviate anxiety. Sedation methods include medications and a drug-free option, all of which are designed to help your relax and be comfortable at the dentist.

1. Oral sedation

Sedation medication taken in the form of pills is a moderate level of sedation that relaxes you but generally does not put you to sleep. You will be alert enough during your appointment to answer questions and you will probably remember everything afterwards. Oral sedation may make you drowsy and you may need someone to drive you home after your appointment.

2. Nitrous oxide

Knows as laughing gas or sweet air, nitrous oxide is an inhaled form of sedation that is the most commonly used sedation method. The great thing about nitrous oxide is that it wears off so quickly that you can drive yourself home after your appointment. Nitrous oxide puts you in a relaxed state and may make you drowsy. The dentist can continually monitor the amount of nitrous oxide you are receiving throughout your appointment, so you don’t have to worry about it wearing off too soon.

3. IV sedation

Intravenous sedation is used for painful dentistry so that you will be completely asleep during the procedure. After the procedure is finished and you begin to wake up, you will be very groggy, and you will definitely need to be driven home after the appointment.

4. NuCalm

For relaxing and being comfortable through your appointment, NuCalm is a revolutionary new sedation method that involves no drugs. Dietary supplements that counteract adrenaline are the only thing you take. These supplements along with gentle electrical stimulation, soothing music and a light-blocking eye mask are the components of NuCalm sedation.

Lean more about dental sedation

If you have a fear of the dentist or would simply like to be more comfortable at the dentist, call your Westminster dentist to make a consultation appointment. We can discuss dental sedation methods that can help you to relax during your visits and overcome your dental anxiety.

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)