Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Your San Jose dentist wants to make sure that every patient has a positive and comfortable dental experience.
Do you suffer from dental fear or anxiety? If so, you aren’t alone. Millions deal with some form of dental anxiety and it can be enough to keep some people from ever seeing their dentist. However, you need to see your San Jose dentist every six months to maintain a healthy smile. Luckily we can make sure your trip a little easier with sedation dentistry. Find out more about sedation dentistry and how it could ease your dental fears for good.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry offers a way for those with dental phobias or severe dental-related anxiety to relax and feel calm during their dental procedure or appointment. It is available in different intensity levels and can be administered through different forms. Usually milder to moderate forms of sedation are all that’s required to keep a nervous patient comfortable during their dental procedure.
The sedation comes in two forms: oral or inhalation. Oral sedation is an anti-anxiety medication like Valium or Xanax, which offers mild to moderate forms of sedation. Inhalation sedation is also known as nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”. Your San Jose Dentist places a mask over your nose and transmits a steady stream of nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen to create a relaxing and euphoric experience.
Sedation dentistry should not be confused with sleep dentistry, as these forms of sedation will not actually put you to sleep. You may feel drowsy or tired during your procedure and some patients may not remember part of their visit; however, you will be conscious the entire time and able to respond to your San Jose dentist’s commands.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Sedation dentistry can help a variety of patients experience a better dental visit. It’s a great option for those who have dental fears, those with sensitive gag reflexes, those who have difficulty sitting in one position for long periods of time and those with special needs.
However, before your opt for oral sedation make sure your San Jose dentist knows what kinds of medications, vitamins or supplements you are currently taking, as well as any allergies to medications.
Also, figure out ahead of time whether you will be driving yourself to and from the dentist’s office or whether you will have someone with you. If you don’t have someone available to drive you then you will want to strongly consider inhalation sedation, as the effects wear off almost immediately.
If you find yourself anxiety during your dental visits, then sedation dentistry could be a wonderful way to relax you for your next cleaning or dental procedure. Talk to your San Jose dentist, Dr. Nidhi Sikka or Dr. Mona Chattha about getting sedation for your next visit. Don’t let dental fears affect the health of your smile. Visit Sikka Dental today!