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Scared of the Dentist? How Sedation Dentistry Can Help

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Let’s face it, it’s never much fun to sit on a dentist’s chair. Many people would rather endure the agony of a toothache or embrace bad teeth than visit the dentist. And who would blame them? It’s uncomfortable being laying in a chair with a stranger staring into your mouth. The drilling, scraping and piercing doesn’t make it any better.

Research shows that more than 40 million Americans suffer from dental anxiety. But while it’s uncomfortable, visiting the dentist is important. Studies have linked gum disease to heart disease and gum inflation can also increase your risk for diabetes, stroke and certain kind of cancer.

If you have dentist phobia, here’s some good news: Sedation dentistry is becoming increasingly available in dental practices. Despite the name, most sedation dentistry methods don’t actually put you to sleep, but rather help induce relaxation during dental procedures.

In addition to local anesthetic used for numbing affected areas of your mouth, there are the different kinds of sedation your dentist may suggest based on the intensity of the procedure. Here are a few options:

1. Inhaled sedation: Laughing gas or nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and delivered through a mask for minimal sedation. Breathing the gas allows patients to stay awake and relax during a procedure. The dentist can control the amount of laughing gas a patient needs, and the effects wear off quickly. This leaves patients in a good mood and makes them comfortable during the dentist visit.

2. Oral sedation: This is one of the most common types of sedation. If the procedure requires minimal sedation, patients may be given a pill such a Halcion an hour before the procedure, which causes drowsiness. A moderate dose of sedation will leave patients sleepy but awake, unable to feel pain or remember the procedure.

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3. IV sedation: For this moderate form of sedation, drugs are administered through the vein and take effect almost immediately.

4. Deep sedation and general anesthesia: This is the most intense form of sedation available for dental procedures. The medication will make patients almost or totally unconscious, and patients will wake up once the medication wears off.

Ready to say goodbye to discomfort? Before you sign up for any procedure, do your research. You should be informed about the risks of sedation and make sure your dentist is properly trained in sedation dentistry methods.

For expert dental care in Corpus Christi, visit Bay Area Denture and Surgery Center, a family-owned general dental practice with an emphasis on oral surgery. The dentists and oral surgeons at Bay Area are professionally trained in sedation methods, including oral and IV sedation. The practice also operates its own, on-site laboratory to craft, reline, repair and clean dentures on-site, ensuring the highest quality.

Call 361-857-6200 for your free consultation today!



Bay Area Denture & Surgery Center
5733 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
361-857-6200 or 1-800-FIX-MY-TEETH


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