Addressing Your Dental Anxiety with Sedation

people, medicine, stomatology and phobia concept - scared and terrified patient girl at dental clinic officeWhile you may recognize that attending regular office visits in conjunction with routine preventive care at home is necessary for a healthy, lifelong smile, the idea of going to the dentist may be a frightening concept that induces anxiety or fear. What’s more, extensive treatments such as root canal therapy and tooth extraction might instill a fear that results in never attending your appointments. In today’s blog, your Conroe, TX dentist would like to address that while dental anxiety is a very real thing that affects a number of individuals and family, your visit can be made smoother and calmer with the help of sedation.

Making Your Visit Comfortable

As a child, attending your first preventive visit can be pretty overwhelming, just as your first hair cut may seem scary, or the first time you visit the dentist. The truth of the matter is, however, that this phenomenon is not specific to only children, as many adults share common fears about their experience as well. From fretting about the extent of their procedure to how much pain they may endure, individuals can become very anxious about the whole experience. At our office, however, we strive to ensure your comfort and peace of mind, whether that be through entertainment, cozy blankets, or even sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry involves the administration of medicine to calm the nerves and help our patients feel relaxed for their routine visit or procedure, and is available upon request. Having an understanding that different people respond differently to dental visits or procedures is the first step in providing accommodations to help our patients feel at ease, and sedation offers a method of easing these anxieties in order for us to provide the same excellent oral health care across the board. For more information, contact our team.

An Oral Medication

When it comes to making you feel comfortable, our team offers two different options to help. The first option is an oral pill that Dr. Richards would provide for you to take before your procedure in order to help relax your central nervous system. Because of its potency and need to last your entire procedure, the pill will take some time after your visit to wear off, so it is best practice to have a designated friend or family member that can drive you home.

IV Sedation

For those seeking the deepest state of relaxation, our second option for a calm procedure involves the use of intravenous sedation. During this process, Dr. Richards will administer a medication into the bloodstream. You will remain conscious throughout this process, and your dentist will monitor you throughout the visit.

Learn More

Don’t let your anxiety get the better of you when it comes to staying on top of your oral health. Contact The Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX by calling 936-441-4600 to find out how dental sedation can help make your next visit calm and tranquil.