Dental Sedation Can Work For You

The average person feels some level of anxiety when they think about an upcoming dental appointment, but some people are so stressed out by the thought that the anxiety turns to a fear so strong that it becomes debilitating. Probably the most serious outcome from this is if the person just stops going to the dentist altogether. If you count yourself among those who suffer from extreme dental anxiety there is some good news. Dental sedation can be the answer. Many dentists applaud the innovation and offer several approaches to stress management ranging from minimal level sedation to a general anesthesia infused intravenously right in the office. Nitrous oxide otherwise known as “laughing gas” is a very popular medication for lower strength sedation. It is inhaled through a mask and the soothing effects are felt in a matter of minutes. The dosage can be increased or lessened upon demand. Oral sedatives are a step up. They are given in pill form to be taken an hour or so before the scheduled procedure. Patients will be conscious throughout their appointment but will be completely relaxed to the point that they are oblivious to the goings on around them. Iv sedation means that the patient will be completely unconscious during the dental treatment. He will be required to fast for the eight hours leading up to the procedure and advised to have someone along to drive him to and from the appointment. Talk to Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental about the options for dental sedation and of what benefit they can be to you. Call the office @ (828)385-5155.

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