Does the thought of a dentist’s office cause you to break into a sweat? Do you hate the sights, sounds, and smells of the office? Is your fear keeping you from receiving the dental care you need? If you answered “yes” to these questions, there is good news. Your dentist in Tulsa understands most people have some level of anxiety when it comes to receiving a simple checkup and cleaning or elective procedure, which is why he offers sedation dentistry to calm nerves and help patients relax. But how effective is it? Read on to find out.
What Can Happen if You Avoid Seeing the Dentist?
Each year, millions of people forgo their twice-yearly cleaning simply because they’re afraid. Dental phobia is real, and it causes many individuals to skip out on regular visits, ultimately causing more damage over time. Tooth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer can develop quickly if not treated in a timely manner and result in patients needing extensive (and costly) procedures.
From bone and tooth loss to infection and disease, the problems that develop in the mouth can easily spread throughout the body. In some of the most severe and worst-case scenarios, individuals can develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions, and respiratory illness because of a lack of receiving oral healthcare.
In situations where a patient develops oral cancer, successful treatment can be provided if caught early; however, if left to spread because of a lack of initial detection, the results can be fatal.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
You may be asking, “How can I avoid these above-mentioned issues without seeing a dentist?” The answer is you can’t, but there is good news. For individuals like yourself who are nervous about receiving any form of dental care, sedation dentistry can be the solution to your problems.
Two of the most common forms include nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. The first uses a combination of nitrogen and oxygen, which is pumped through a mask that fits over the nose. Once in place, you will inhale the gas and begin to notice the effects within minutes. You may begin to feel lightheaded or as if you are floating, but you will not experience any discomfort during your visit.
Nitrous oxide is considered to be the mildest form of sedation, but it is extremely safe and effective, even on young children. The best part, aside from its ability to help you relax, is that the effects begin to dissipate as soon as the gas is turned off.
With oral conscious sedation, your dentist in Tulsa will prescribe you a pill, which you will be expected to take before arriving for your appointment. This is typically used if you have severe dental phobia and need something to combat your nerves.
Once you take the prescribed oral medication, you will need to have someone escort you to and from your appointment. Not only will you feel completely at ease and fully relaxed during your visit, but you may be unable to recall what occurred during your exam and/or procedure.
Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be scary any more thanks to the methods of sedation available. You can finally get the care you need without the worry and anxiety.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Susman completed his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma before attending the Alabama Implant Congress in Birmingham. He is also one of the first (out of 8) Americans to train under the inventor of the CEREC Single Visit Computer Milling Device at the University of Zurich in 1989. As a professional whose focus remains on smile design, digital dentures, one-day dentistry, dental implants, and sleep apnea therapy, he understands visiting the dentist can be scary for some individuals. Fortunately, he offers sedation dentistry as a safe and effective way to help calm your nerves and fully relax during your visits. To find out if you are eligible to receive nitrous oxide or oral medication, visit our website or call (918) 663-9990.