Rationally, you may know that there’s no cause for alarm, but certain irrational fears can get the best of us. Those with the worst dental anxieties may even postpone or avoid dental work because of their fears.
But there’s no longer a reason to worry about pain, discomfort or your own fears. San Francisco dentist Dr. Greg Larson provides patients a safe, comfortable answer to their dental phobias: conscious sedation. Dr. Larson received his certification from the Dental Organization for Continuing Sedation Education.
Common Dental Phobias
Some of you may be anxious about visiting the dentist, but you may not be able to pinpoint the cause of your anxiety. It’s common to feel nervous about your dental visit, even though there’s absolutely nothing to fear. DOCS Education reports that around 20 percent of patients have some fear of the dentist.
Others may be afraid of a specific feeling, procedure or dental tool. Patients often are afraid of having hygienists clean their teeth. Some are worried about gagging or choking from the dental tools or materials. Some of you may be apprehensive about the drill. This could be because of the noise that accompanies the drill, or it could be that in past procedures you weren’t properly numbed before your procedure. People inquiring about braces or Invisalign invisible retainers may have issues with X-rays or gooey molds. You could be apprehensive about the lasers used during our teeth whitening procedures in San Francisco. Dental implants can also spike patients’ fears.
Your mouth is a very sensitive and private part of your body. Some people simply feel that dentistry is intrusive and it makes them uncomfortable.
What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation relaxes you and diminishes pain while keeping you awake and aware, as share by San Rafael invisalign expert. You won’t be unnerved by the sound of the drill, and you won’t feel pain. Different sedation medications can be used during your appointment. Ask your doctor which medication he will use.
You’ll take your medication orally. Follow your doctor’s instructions for the day before, as you might have to stop eating before a certain time of day. Patients are monitored during the appointment to ensure that the medication is working correctly.
Conscious sedation not only helps you relax, but it also allows your dentist to work more efficiently, says Dr. Larson who provides cosmetic dentistry in San Francisco. Your dentist will be able to perform multiple procedures in one appointment, rather than lengthening your treatment over several different days.
After Your Appointment
Sedation affects your motor skills and puts you in a deep state of relaxation. You should have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. It is also ideal to have someone stay with you until you’re fully coherent. You should take it easy the rest of the day, and be sure to take medications as your doctor has prescribed them. You may feel that time has passed quickly, and your memory of the dental procedures may be hazy. You can resume all of your normal activities the following day.
You may not be hungry for a big meal, so have light snack foods handy, such as crackers and toast, said San Rafael dentist. Drink plenty of fluids, and avoid alcohol.
Talk honestly with your dentist about your fears. Your dentist should take your concerns seriously. Sedation can help you relax, and it can facilitate procedures for your dentist, reducing the time he or she spends working on your teeth. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your treatment and your sedation, as knowing all the facts can help you prepare for your appointment physically and mentally.
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