Fear of visiting the dentist is a common problem, despite advances in techniques that mean the pain is no longer such an issue. If you're worried about getting vital dental treatment, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, can help. They offer oral sedation for patients with phobias, fears, or problems like a strong gag reflex to help you relax and feel untroubled in the dentist's chair. To find out more, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.
Oral sedation is a form of sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry that can help you relax while you're having dental treatment. Choosing oral sedation for your dental work provides relief from anxiety as you're less aware of what's happening.
The medication doesn't make you lose consciousness — only a general anesthetic can do that — but it does make you feel calm and sleepy during your procedure. Your provider at Willow Glen Dental Care also gives you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth in the treatment area.
If the thought of having treatment at the dentist fills you with dread, then oral sedation is well worth considering. Whether you have a phobia or other problem, by allowing your dentist to sedate you, you can receive the dental treatment you need quickly and efficiently.
You might benefit from oral sedation if you have problems such as:
Even when you don't normally mind going to the dentist, if you need to have a vast amount of work done, oral sedation could make the experience easier.
Oral sedation is suitable for a range of dental treatments. If you would rather avoid the dentist than undergo scaling and planing or a filling, oral sedation takes away your anxiety.
There are other kinds of sedation dentistry available, including:
Inhaled sedation involves breathing nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through a mask over your nose.
IV (intravenous) sedation involves having the sedative drug delivered directly into your bloodstream through a needle in your arm vein.
The choice of oral, inhaled, or intravenous sedation depends on your provider's assessment of what's most suitable for you and the procedure you're undergoing. For most patients and procedures, oral sedation is a safe, effective option.
If you’ve got any concerns about having dental treatment or fear visiting your dentist even when you're in pain, oral sedation offers a genuine solution. To find out more, call Willow Glen Dental Care today or book an appointment online.