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Sedation Dentistry: Overcoming Dental Anxiety

What stops you from going to the dental clinic? If your answer is fear, you’re not alone. Many Americans are afraid of visiting their dentist. As a result, oral problems get worse, and you end up spending more on complicated dental work. Instead of tiny filling, you may need root canal therapy or tooth extraction, and consequently, dentures or implants.

Putting off necessary dental work also can also affect your overall health. For example, periodontitis or advanced gum disease is linked to heart disease. Untreated tooth decay can also spread infection to surrounding tissues and bone.

New Albany dentist Dr. Receveur understands your fear. That’s why he provides Sedation Dentistry for patients with dental anxiety. Dr. Receveur performs procedures with oral conscious sedation or intravenous sedation (deep sedation).

Oral Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation dentistry refers to the fact that you are awake during the procedure, but have limited awareness of what’s going on. Pills don’t work right away, so you have take them about an hour before the procedure. Patients also react differently to medications, making it hard to predict how you’ll respond. It’s also difficult to adjust the level of sedation while the dentist works on your teeth.

Intravenous Sedation

A deeper level of sedation is ideal for patients who have a history of bad dental experiences and uncontrollable gag reflexes. The sedative is administered into the vein and works in a just a few minutes. This is suitable for patients with moderate to severe level of anxiety. You will not feel pain or notice smells and noises during the treatment.

Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation is predictable, and the dosage can be easily adjustment in the middle of the procedure. This method is ideal if you are undergoing complicated or lengthy dental work—your dentist can finish treatment in just one to two visits.

Learn which type of sedation is right for you. Visit our clinic today or call 888-469-3982.