How Sedation Dentistry Can Take Away Your Fears of the Dentist

How Sedation Dentistry Can Take Away Your Fears of the Dentist

When you imagine someone having a fear of visiting the dentist, you might think of a very small child. In reality, though, fears and anxieties about visiting the dentist are extremely common, and adults can be just as anxious as children about dental appointments and procedures.

If dental visits paralyze you with anxiety or fill you with terror, Sean Pierce, DDS, at Pierce Robotics in Beverly Hills, California, offers a solution called sedation dentistry that makes going to the dentist a more relaxing experience. Find out more about how sedation dentistry can wipe away your fears of going to the dentist.

Understanding sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry offers medical support to anyone who would benefit from assistance relaxing at Dr. Pierce’s office. The treatment gets administered as part of your dental exam or procedure.

The types of sedation dentistry Dr. Pierce offers provide various forms of relaxation without fully putting you to sleep. This means you won’t need to undergo the risks of general anesthesia and can still communicate with our team during the appointment.

With sedation dentistry, you can expect to feel calm throughout your appointment and to get through your procedure without active fear. You can get sedation dentistry during any type of dental treatment, ranging from check-ups and cleanings to more complex procedures.

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

If you get nervous or anxious about dental appointments, you might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. This is especially true if fear of dental appointments has caused you to postpone seeing the dentist.

Dental anxiety isn’t the only reason you should consider sedation at a dental appointment. You can also benefit from sedation dentistry if you have a sensitive gag reflex, have trouble remaining still during appointments, are highly sensitive to pain, or need complex and lengthy dental procedures.

Different kinds of sedation dentistry

Dr. Pierce administers three different types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Before you receive sedation dentistry, Dr. Pierce chooses the best relaxation method in consultation with you.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas, and it helps you feel happy and relaxed while being administered. At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Pierce places an oxygen mask over your nose, which causes you to inhale the nitrous oxide.

At the end of the procedure, Dr. Pierce removes the mask, and the effects fade quickly. This allows you to safely drive yourself home after your appointment.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation relaxes you by taking Halcion® or another prescription drug. Following Dr. Pierce’s instructions, you take the pill an hour before your dental appointment, which makes you drowsy and tranquil.

Using oral sedation requires you to have another person drive you to and from Pierce’s Robotics.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

IV sedation medication is administered directly into your veins using a needle, allowing you to instantly become relaxed. This medication is easy for Dr. Pierce to adjust during your treatment if you need a different dosage to feel completely calm.

You’ll be drowsy after IV sedation, so you’ll need to have someone else drive you home.

There’s no shame in having anxiety about visiting the dentist, and with sedation dentistry, you can face your fears head-on and turn dental visits into a peaceful experience. To find out more about sedation dentistry, contact Pierce Robotics today.

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