Sedation Dentistry – Reducing Your Anxiety
A lot of people do not go to the dentist because of fear. Fear is mostly based on concerns that general dental procedures will be painful. One way around this dental phobia is though the magic of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry puts you in a relaxed state through the use of medication given either orally or in a gaseous form.
Feelings of anxiety completely vanish with sedation dentistry, and you are able to get the care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Another term for sedation dentistry is oral conscious sedation because you are never completely unconscious during their dental procedure. While you may feel drowsy and may even nod off, you will still be able to follow the instructions of Dr. Zourdos.
Candidates for sedation dentistry include those who:
- Have dental phobia
- Have back or neck problems
- Struggle with their gag reflex
- Have soreness in their jaw
- Have trouble with getting numb during general dental procedures
- Have other health problems that prevent them from getting dental care
Types of Sedation
There are several different medications available to those who may be candidates for sedation dentistry. These will be determined by Dr. Zourdos and are based on your age, weight, and level of anxiety. Some of the common oral medications include:
- Ativan (larazepam)
- Sonata (zaleoplon)
- Valium (diazepam)
- Vistaril (hydroxyzine)
Dr. Zourdos may also suggest nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” which you will breathe through a mask during your dental procedure.
Both types of medication are very safe when used for sedation dentistry. Dr. Zourdos will require that you have someone come with you to your appointment as the medication may take a while to wear off. Besides keeping you calm and free of anxiety, some of the medications may also cause retrograde amnesia. This means you will not remember all aspects of your procedure. This may also make you feel better about scheduling future appointments with Dr. Zourdos.
There are many benefits to sedation dentistry. If you have not visited the dentist for a long time due to one or more of the issues sedation dentistry candidates may have, please contact experienced sedation dentist Dr. Zourdos for a consultation.
Call now to make an appointment with Dr. Zourdos at (617) 423-6777 or