If you tense up just thinking about going to the dentist, you may benefit from sedation dentistry offered by David Rice DDS in Elgin IL.
Millions of Americans stress out when they have to see the dentist. It is referred to as dental anxiety. There is a more severe form, too, called dental phobia. In both, some people would rather skip the dentist altogether rather than sit down for a checkup. The problem with that, of course, is it puts their dental health at risk.
There are lots of reasons why people develop anxiety or phobia over dental care. It often stems from a bad experience they had with a dentist as a kid. Fear of pain may be involved, as well as a fear of anesthesia and its possible side effects.
Whatever the cause, sedation dentistry has helped millions of people get through their appointments.
Types of Sedation
- Nitrous Oxide: You also know this as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a century and is highly effective.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: You take a sedative an hour or so before the appointment. You won’t sleep, but will be in a deeply relaxed state. When the appointment is over, someone will have to drive you home.
- IV Sedation: As the name suggests, this is a sedative that is administered intravenously. You won’t sleep with this either, but you will enter a deeply relaxed state. You’ll need an escort for a ride here and back.
- General Anesthesia: Also called deep conscious sedation, you’ll be completely out for the procedure. This option is best for patients who feel nervous and anxious even when only partially conscious.
Remember, it is essential that you do not compromise your dental health by skipping the dentist. Sedation dentistry from David Rice DDS in Elgin IL may be just what you need. People throughout Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne also come to us for complete cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment today!