Many patients avoid seeing the dentist twice each year for check-ups and cleanings for a simple reason: They have a fear of the dentist. For some people, this goes back to an unpleasant dental experience as a child. For others, they are uncomfortable with the intimate nature of a dental visit, or they are fearful of feeling pain.
Sedation dentistry can help. At our Barrie, ON dental clinic, we recommend sedation dentistry for patients who feel dental anxiety to encourage them to come in to get the dental care they need.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help Patients Who Fear the Dentist
Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but they still visit the dentist twice each year for routine check-ups. When dental anxiety is so severe that people avoid seeing the dentist, this can result in poor oral health which can impact overall health. Sedation dentistry can help.
Some people suffer from health conditions that make it difficult for them to sit still for even short periods of time, so being in a dental chair can be a problem. Sedation dentistry means that these patients can sit still and get the treatment they need.
Others worry about feeling pain while undergoing dental treatment. Sedation dentistry ensures that they can have a comfortable, pain-free experience while they are in the dental chair.
Types of Sedation Dentistry Available
At our Barrie, ON dental clinic, we offer our patients a number of sedation dentistry options.
- Nitrous oxide—This gas is breathed in much like oxygen, providing patients with instant relaxation.
- Oral sedation—Taken in the form of a pill, this option means patients can feel completely relaxed while they undergo treatment.
- Intravenous sedation—For patients with debilitating anxiety, IV sedation is delivered directly into the bloodstream, so patients feel deeply relaxed.
Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from getting the dental treatment you need. Protect your oral health by seeing your dentist regularly. Call us today to make an appointment, and we can ensure your time with us is comfortable.