Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
Each individual should see their dentist at least once every six months for a routine check-up but, for individuals who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, these visits are anything but routine. For these people, just the thought of going to the dentist can provoke feelings of anxiety or even outright terror. People who avoid going to the dentist out of fear only increase their likelihood of oral health issues that may lead to procedures that are more extensive. Luckily, relief is at hand for patients who suffer from these a fear of the dentist in Erie, as state-of-the-art dental practices like Laser Dentistry of Erie now offer sedation dentistry.
Dental anxiety is not the only condition that warrants sedation dentistry. Other pre-existing conditions include problems sitting still, maintaining muscle control, or holding open the jaws for an extended amount of time; or problems reacting to local anesthetics are good reasons to consider sedation dentistry in Erie.
Read through this guide to determine if sedation may be right for you for your next dental appointment.
Is sedation dentistry right for me?
Dental anxiety is estimated to affect somewhere from 9 to 15 percent of all Americans, but many of these individuals deal with this affliction without knowing the real source of their anxiety. A wide variety of situations, life experiences, and thought patterns can lead dental anxiety to develop, although some of the most common sources of the anxiety include an overactive gag reflex, having had unpleasant dental experiences in the past, physical sensitivity, or having a heightened sensitivity to noise and lights.
If you experience any of these issues, then sedation dentistry could help you receive the quality professional dental care you need without fear.
We offer two different types of sedation
Dr. Albert Starr and his staff at Laser Dentistry of Erie offer the following means of sedation.
- Nitrous oxide, which also is known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a special mask. Once the gas, mixed with oxygen, takes effect, a patient becomes extremely calm for a prolonged period of time, until we shut off the flow of the nitrous oxide and have you breathe regular air.
- Oral sedation involves taking a sedative in the form of a pill, tablet, or liquid. Oral sedation puts a patient in a more relaxed state.
Neither type of sedation will make you go to sleep. You still will be able to communicate with your dental care team, as well as be in control of your body.
Sedation is not recommended to anyone who is pregnant or people who have documented allergies to the sedatives used. Children can undergo sedation dentistry, but the sedatives used often cause nausea in children. As a result, we recommend parents limiting food and drink intake prior to a scheduled appointment where it is planned to use sedation dentistry.
Sedation Dentistry in Erie
Sedation dentistry is just one way that Laser Dentistry of Erie provides comfortable care for our patients. Call our office at (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation or to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Laser Dentistry of Erie is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek in Pennsylvania.