I Have Dental Anxiety: Can You Help?

I Have Dental Anxiety: Can You Help?

Dental anxiety is common and affects anywhere from 50%-80% of American adults to some degree. From pre-appointment jitters to an upset stomach, dental anxiety can manifest in many ways, but in extreme cases, it can even contribute to delayed dental care.

Our expert team here at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, wants you to know that you don’t have to choose between dental care and peace of mind. We offer three different types of sedation dentistry to ease your anxieties, help you feel relaxed, and ensure you receive the dental care you need.

Nitrous inhaled sedation

Nitrous inhaled sedation 一 most often referred to as laughing gas 一 is one of the most popular types of sedation. Laughing gas:

One of the advantages of laughing gas is how quickly it works. We place a mask over your nose, and you simply inhale. That’s it! The nitrous oxide works quickly and relaxes you to the point where you may even get the giggles (hence the name). 

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is another option to help you relax during your dental procedures. The effects of oral sedation range from minimal to moderate. While laughing gas requires no pre-planning, oral sedation does. 

With oral sedation, you swallow a pill prior to your appointment, typically about an hour beforehand. We provide your specific pre-appointment instructions, depending on what type of medication and dosage you need. Examples of oral sedation include Halcion and Valium.

Oral sedation can make you feel drowsy, although you’re not intentionally put to sleep. It can take around an hour for the effects to set in, and it can take awhile for them to wear off, too, so you need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home if you’re planning on oral sedation. 

IV sedation

With IV sedation, the medications are administered directly into your bloodstream through an intravenous (IV) catheter. Because the medication reaches your bloodstream instantly, the effects are quick. 

You may feel sleepy during your appointment and afterward. As with oral sedation, plan on having a friend or family member drive you home.

Staying relaxed during your dental appointment

In addition to sedation dentistry, we provide local anesthetics to reduce sensations of pain. We know that pain isn’t the only part of dentist appointments that contributes to dental anxiety. For some, the sounds can be just as triggering. For others, fear of the unknown can be downright overwhelming. 

Before your appointment, we encourage you to reach out and let us know any of your concerns. We’re always happy to discuss your treatment in detail if that helps ease your worry.

Other strategies to reduce dental anxiety include:

Don’t put off dental work because of your fear and uncertainty about the procedures you need. We can help you get through it. Call The Masters Dental Group team at 210-349-4424 to schedule your consultation and find out which type of sedation dentistry is right for addressing your dental anxiety.

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