What's the Solution for My Dental Anxiety?

What's the Solution for My Dental Anxiety?

Spend an hour in a room with 10 spiders, sing the national anthem at a sporting event, or sit with a snake in their lap for 15 minutes — these are all things that over 50% of people surveyed said they would do before getting a root canal. The fact is, dental anxiety runs deep for many people. 

Despite these fears, most people know that regular dental visits help keep your mouth healthy. So how can you conquer your anxiety? Oral sedation dentistry may help. 

Are you looking for a dentist that provides ​​high-quality and compassionate care? If so, visit our team at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive dental care for your whole family. In this blog, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, discuss the root of dental anxiety, how oral sedation works, who it may benefit, and other types of sedation dentistry. 

Dental anxiety

Those with dental anxiety may experience sleeplessness the night before their appointment or feel nervousness that escalates the closer they get to arriving at the office. Anxiety comes from many sources, but some of the main drivers include:

Dental anxiety may also develop due to negative representation of dentists in the media and from hearing about family members’ experiences. 

What is oral sedation? 

If you opt for oral sedation, you will tak thee a sedative pill about an hour before your scheduled appointment time. The pill won’t put you to sleep but will make you drowsy and generally more relaxed and calm. This state of mind will help with anxiety. Some patients may even not remember their dental visit or may doze off in the dental chair. 

Oral sedation is recommended for those with mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. 

How to know if you may benefit

If you dread going to the dentist or put off dental care because of anxiety, oral sedation may work well for you. Oral sedation may also help if you have any of the following issues:

Even if you don’t have anxiety but need to have a long procedure, oral sedation may improve your experience. 

Other sedation techniques

At Willow Glen Dental Care, we offer two other types of sedation. On the weaker end of dental sedation is inhaled minimal sedation, also known as laughing gas. Inhaled through a mask, laughing gas is similar to oral sedation but kicks in and wears off quicker. It also provides less sedation.

On the other end is IV sedation, which is administered through the arm. It’s best for those with high dental anxiety but requires more preparation, like fasting the night before your procedure. 

IV and oral sedation can make you groggy past the end of your procedure. Be prepared to have someone available to take you home, as you will not be able to safely drive. 

To learn more about sedation dentistry and if they can help with your dental anxiety, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willow Glen Dental Care today.

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