Does the thought of going to the dentist make your nervous, uncomfortable or anxious? Do you avoid dental procedures because of your fear of pain and discomfort?
You’re not alone. In fact, up to 10% of Americans report some sort of dental phobia–a panic-inducing fear of dental care or procedures. However, avoiding the dentist is not the answer. Forgoing yearly examinations and cleaning can lead to periodontal disease, tooth decay and even life-threatening abscesses. If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, it’s important to find a dentist who can address your discomfort effectively.
Patriot Family Dental in Clarksville, TN offers sedation dentistry services to help you relax–every time you visit.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the practice of administering sedative medication to a patient before a dental procedure to reduce anxiety and nerves.
There are several levels of sedation dentistry. The one your dentist chooses for you is determined by your level of discomfort.
- Minimal Sedation: Uses oral sedatives to relax a patient before a dental procedure. The patient takes the medication 30 minutes to an hour before their dental appointment and remains awake throughout the procedure. Cardiovascular and respiratory function are unaffected.
- Moderate Sedation: A drug-induced state of depressed consciousness that is more extreme than minimal sedation, but still allows a patient to maintain cardiovascular and respiratory function. The amount of consciousness a patient experiences can be adjusted.
- Deep Sedation: A drug-induced state of depressed consciousness that may impair a patient’s ability to breathe independently.
- General Anesthesia: A drug-induced state of lost consciousness that requires ventilatory management and cardiovascular monitoring.
Talk to your dentist about sedation for your next dental appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation at Patriot Family Dental
At Patriot Family Dental, we understand the discomfort and anxiety that a trip to the dentist can create. That’s why we offer flexible options for conscious oral sedation.
Here’s what to expect:
Your dentist will prescribe a sedative you should take an hour prior to your appointment. If you have a higher level of dental anxiety, the doctor may prescribe an oral sedative to be taken at home one hour before bed as well. You will need to have a ride to and from your appointment. Patients receiving oral sedation are not permitted to drive for at least 24 hours following their appointment.
Contact Patriot Family Dental today to make your appointment.