Sedation Dentistry: The Cure for Dental Anxiety
For many people, the prospect of undergoing an endodontic procedure can mean a great deal of anxiety. Sedation dentistry is an excellent solution to some of the most common objections to endodontic care:
- What if I’m afraid of needles?
- What if I gag?
- Will it hurt?
At Advanced Endodontic Care, we never want you to forego treatment you need just because you’re nervous. That’s why we make it our priority to keep you as comfortable as possible before, during, and after your procedure. If pillows, blankets, and music and movie distractions aren’t enough, we offer two ultra-gentle anesthesia techniques.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is commonly used in dentistry and endodontics because it helps you relax without using ingested or intravenous sedatives—it’s breathed in through a mask over your nose. Laughing gas wears off quickly, so this is a good option if you are planning to drive yourself home after your procedure.
Oral sedation comes in pill form and can provide varying degrees of sedation, depending on the dosage your endodontist gives you. You’ll remain conscious during your procedure, but you’ll likely feel groggy afterwards and should plan for someone else to drive you home.
Sedation dentistry isn’t for everyone, so please make sure to let us know if you have any health conditions or are taking any medications.
General anesthesia allows you to be completely asleep for your procedure. At Advanced Endodontic Care we can provide fast-acting general anesthesia that will enable you to sleep peacefully while our board certified doctors skillfully address your unique dental needs.
If you have fear of dental procedures, special needs or complex medical conditions, general anesthesia may be the best option for you.