For Molly*, going to the dentist had been a stressful experience since she required emergency oral surgery as a young child. She could barely manage going to the dentist for her regular checkups, and when the dentist told Molly she would need surgery to remove her wisdom teeth, she panicked. She knew that the surgery would be necessary to prevent the wisdom teeth from growing and damaging several nearby nerves, but she didn’t think she could handle the stress of another dental surgery.
Molly sat down with her dentist to discuss her fears. He was trained to be sensitive to dental phobias, and had worked with many patients like Molly before. He recommended sedation dentistry, which can help patients who suffer from dental anxiety relax while getting the care that they need.
When Molly arrived for her wisdom teeth appointment, she was nervous, but the dentist’s calm, friendly demeanor helped to put her at ease. He started to ask her about her hobbies, and she got so caught up describing the new figure skating jump she was learning that she says she barely remembers drifting off.
At Boger Dental, we see patients like Molly every day. Although patients may feel embarrassed by their anxiety, the reality is that about 75 percent of adults in the United States experience some degree of dental fear. The good news? There are options for patients like Molly. At Boger Dental, the options include three levels of sedation.
1. Inhalation Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask. Sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an option to make you feel more comfortable during certain procedures.
2. Oral Sedation (Valium)
A common method to reduce fear and anxiety related to visiting the dentist is the use of oral medications. In addition to Valium, Halcion (triazolam) is sometimes used as a sedative that lasts around 4 hours.
3. IV Sedation
During the process of IV Sedation, a licensed nurse anesthetist administers and monitors intravenous anesthesia throughout your procedure. This, in turn, allows our dental team to focus on your treatment while you feel deeply relaxed and comfortable.
What’s the right choice?
Regardless of the dental procedure you need, there is a sedation option to make your experience relaxing and comfortable. If a fear of the dentist is preventing you from getting the care you need, finding the right dentist can make all the difference.
At Boger Dental, we offer the sedation options you may need to get through an intimidating procedure. Plus, our staff is trained to cater to people with dental anxiety, and we offer several special amenities to make sure your visit is relaxing and enjoyable.
*Not her real name