When you have to take a trip to the dentist for more than a routine visit, there is a good chance you have a little anxiety. It's normal to be a bit anxious for a dental visit, especially if you are having an involved procedure that is going to take more time than a normal visit. When you know that you are coming in for more than a checkup, your nerves can be unsettled. You might worry that you aren't going to be comfortable during your visit. You may not be sure what to expect. Fortunately, innovations in the field of dentistry can ensure that you will be at ease when you have your next dental visit. It's all about what your dentist can do to put your fears to rest. Sedation dentistry can make a world of difference, changing your entire outlook about sitting in the dentist's chair.
When a dentist uses sedation dentistry you have several options. A dentist may choose to give you medication prior to your procedure that will help you to relax. Another alternative is nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas. You inhale it before your dental work begins and it will settle your nerves. Intravenous sedation is another option that can ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure. Our dentist can go to work, giving your teeth the attention they need while you have peace of mind.
The standard procedure for dental work involves applying a medication that will numb your gum before a local anesthetic is injected into the area. Lidocaine is typically used today because it acts faster and tends to last longer as opposed to novocaine. Standard procedure is still the most common approach for dental patients, but dentists offer their patients other options, such as sedation or even the use of general anesthesia when needed.
Every case is unique when it comes to a dental visit. How you react can be completely different from another patient preparing for dental work. You know how you feel when you go to the dentist. If you have had a negative experience before or if you simply struggle with high levels of anxiety, sedation dentistry could be the best choice you could make. If dental work has never bothered you, you can stick with the standard procedure. Pauly Dental can speak with you about your options prior to any procedure to make sure you choose the best approach for you.
If you need dental work call Pauly Dental today to make an appointment to discuss a treatment plan that is right for you. After the Pauly Dental staff has evaluated your teeth, pinpointed the problem, and created a treatment plan, ask about using sedation or the standard procedure when it is time to have your dental work done. If you are worried about anxiety, express your concerns to us. When you are open about your needs, we can accommodate you in order to find the approach that best for you to make your next dental visit a positive experience.