Does the mere thought of sitting down in a dentist’s chair fill you with dread? Does it make you avoid the dentist altogether? If so, you’re among the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety. At Five Star Dental in Valrico, sedation dentistry may be just what the doctor ordered.
Dental anxiety grips between ten and twenty percent of the population in the United States. The reasons are varied, but common ones are fear of injections, and fear of the after effects of injections. Sometimes people who don’t have dental anxiety dismiss it as irrational, but to those coping with it, it is very real indeed, and that is how we view it at Five Star Dental Care.
We offer our patients three types of sedation dentistry: “laughing gas”, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
- “Laughing gas” has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It works quickly to relax you, it wears off quickly, too, and has no side effects.
- Oral conscious sedation is a mild sedative you take about an hour before your appointment. You’ll remain awake but be very drowsy. You won’t be very aware of what is going on around you, and you’ll need to have someone there to give you a ride home when it’s over.
- IV sedation will also make you very drowsy, as well as dulling any pain. Most patients do not sleep, but occasionally they do. You’ll need someone to give you a lift home afterward.
Sedation dentistry is valuable, because it can get you into the dentist’s chair when your instinct may be to avoid it. Skipping the dentist puts your dental health at risk. Better to have a little help getting through your appointment than getting a mouth full of cavities, or worse.
Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental care you need. Make an appointment with Five Star Dental Care in Valrico today. We provide cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.