Dental treatment while you sleep may sound like a dream come true for many patients. Unfortunately, fear of the dentist prevents many patients from scheduling important checkups or seeking treatment when they experience dental pain. This fear and anxiety can be caused by a previous personal bad experience, hearing about the fears of others, or simply anxiety over having someone in their personal space. Regardless of the reason, dental anxiety is a real problem for many patients.
However, Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, offers sedation dentistry to help these patients. While patients won't be deeply asleep, as they are during surgical procedure, they will be completely relaxed during dental treatment.
WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY?
Sedation dentistry can be administered several different ways
- Nitrous oxide - For patients who simply need a little bit of help taking the edge off, nitrous oxide is the preferred form of sedation. Also known as laughing gas, this sedation can quickly be turned on and off and has no lingering side effects.
- Pill sedation – Patients who have a deeper level of anxiety or who are anticipating a lengthy appointment can take a pill that will put them into a deeper state of relaxation. The pill is typically taken before leaving for the appointment and the effects can last well after the treatment is complete, so it's important to arrange for transportation to and from the dentist's office. During the procedure, the patient will be deeply relaxed and comfortable but able to respond to questions or commands.
While the biggest benefit of sedation is that it allows patients to get the dental care they need, it can also help a patent learn to overcome his or her fears of the dentist. By replacing bad memories with good experiences, the patient can begin to overcome their fears and trust their dental team.
For more information about dental sedation call the Levenson Smile office today at 855-849-8255 .