Anxiety is a part of modern life. It’s nothing new; it just used to be called fear or worry. The same is true for dentistry. People have often had some kind of dental anxiety, and it’s completely normal.
That doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. Too much anxiety can force you to “forget” about twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Over time, this can easily lead to major problems like cavities, gum disease, infected teeth, and more.
Thankfully, you can call Beaumont Family Dentistry in Lexington, KY today at 859-554-1772. Our team offers several types of sedation dentistry. Whether your concerns are minor or too strong, you can feel relaxed and get the dental care you need for a healthy smile.
Relax With These Options
Whether you had bad experiences in the past or have a sensitive gag reflex, your fears can be soothed with sedation. That said, people have different levels of anxiety. That’s why there are different types of sedation dentistry. What’s right for you depends on your history and the treatment in question, but knowing what’s available can help you make an informed choice.
For many patients, inhaled sedation is all that’s needed to feel comfortable and relaxed through your dental treatment. This is where you will wear a mask over your nose only. As you breathe, you inhale a mild sedative and start feeling better. This is so simple that even young children can choose this option. It also wears off very quickly, so you will be able to drive home.
Oral sedation is a pill you take just before coming to your appointment. It’s a stronger form of sedation, so it works when people have bigger issues with anxiety. However, you will need someone to drive you home after your visit.
Our practice has two dentists on hand to offer an even stronger form: IV sedation. You will fall into a sleep-like state and usually cannot even remember the dental treatment happening. This is not for all patients but works very well if you have some extreme anxiety or fears.
Learn The Sedation Benefits
Why would anyone get any of these treatments? Because getting regular dental care is so important to your quality of life! You shouldn’t have to worry about getting cavities or gum disease, but you also shouldn’t have to worry about the treatments to avoid those! That’s why the biggest benefit is anxiety relief.
Another benefit is saving time. When you’re anxious about a dental procedure, you can make it harder for dentists to complete it. There’s also only so much you can handle in one visit. But sedation can help you feel so relaxed that you simply do not mind. Your dentist can work more easily, which gets things done in less time. It can even let you receive more than one treatment since you don’t mind being in the chair for that long.
Call Beaumont Family Dentistry in Lexington, KY today at 859-223-2120 or contact us online to request an appointment at one of our three locations!