Dental phobia or anxiety and nervousness surrounding visiting your dentist is incredibly common among adults. Bad past experiences, a fear of receiving bad news, and overstimulation caused by the sights and sounds of the dental office can all cause adverse reactions to visiting the dentist, but you’re not alone. Dentists want patients to be able to visit them without fear of emotional and mental repercussions, which is why they offer dental sedation. However, there are countless myths out there that may act to sway your decision about receiving this service. Read on to debunk five of the most common myths about dental sedation.
Sedation dentistry is only for patients receiving complex procedures.
It’s true that patients who are having more complex and lengthy procedures will likely receive dental sedation, but they’re not the only people that can benefit from it. It can be used to help patients who have physical disabilities feel more comfortable in the treatment chair, stifle sensitive gag reflexes to make patients appointments easier and faster, and even during a checkup and cleaning if you have moderate nervousness or anxiety.
Nitrous oxide is the only type of dental sedation.
Nitrous oxide is the most common type of dental sedation, but it’s not the only type. Dentists usually also offer oral conscious sedation, which is in the form of a pill that can be taken before you arrive at the office. The effects last longer, so if you choose this sedation method, you’ll need to be prepared to have somebody drop you off and pick you up from your appointment. Some dentists even offer IV sedation for more severe cases of dental anxiety.
Dental sedation isn’t safe.
Not all patients are ideal candidates for dental sedation, but that doesn’t mean that it’s unsafe. Some sedation methods, like nitrous oxide are safer for more people, while oral conscious sedation is typically only suggested for certain adults. Your dentist can help you determine what option is best for you before your procedure.
Only children are scared of the dentist.
Countless adults are just as afraid of the dentist as children. In fact, it’s estimated that 36 percent of the population has mild to moderate dental anxiety, while 12 percent suffers from an extreme fear. Dentists help out patients who are afraid every day, so if you’re hesitant to reach out and ask for help, don’t be, because they’re used to it and are incredibly accommodating!
Anyone can get dental sedation.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental sedation. Some instances in which you may not be include:
- You’re pregnant
- You have an allergy to the sedation medications available
- You have medical conditions that could put your health in danger if you receive sedation
Your dentist is there to help you feel comfortable and confident in the dental care you’re receiving. With sedation dentistry, you can feel at-ease while keeping up with your oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Drew Vanderbrook has always prioritized his patient’s comfort, whether they’re visiting him for a checkup and cleaning or gum disease therapy. He regularly takes continuing education courses to sharpen his dental skills and stay up-to-date with the latest technology in his field. He’s also an active member of several professional organizations, including the Dallas County Dental Society and the Texas Dental Association. For questions about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment, visit Vanderbrook Family Dentistry’s website or call 214-821-5200.