How not to get Spooked at the Dentist

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Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA

Fall has officially arrived, which means Halloween is just around the corner. It is the season for scaring and many people love the thrill of a good spook. But, there’s one place most everyone prefers not to be scared, and that’s at the dentist’s office. Your sedation dentist in Erie at Laser Dentistry of Erie has some tactics on how not to get spooked at the dentist.

Dental fear is real

Being afraid of going to the dentist is a genuine fear of many Americans. Some don’t like the sounds, sights, and smells of the office, while others are downright frightened at the thoughts of going to see their Erie dentist. Wherever you might land on the spectrum of dental anxiety, we acknowledge it and offer ways to help. If you avoid going to the dentist at all costs because of your fear, Laser Dentistry of Erie offers sedation dentistry to help calm your fears so that you can receive the dental care that you need.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to feel completely calm and relaxed while receiving your dental care. Whether you are undergoing basic dental care or extensive oral surgery or cosmetic dental treatments, sedation dentistry can help ease your fears of going to the dentist so that you can receive your treatment.

What types of sedation dentistry does Laser Dentistry of Erie offer?

We offer two types of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide, which is known as laughing gas, and it is inhaled through a small mask that fits comfortably over your nose during treatment. Our other option is IV sedation, which involves our trained specialist placing an IV into your arm and administering sedation medication that provides a much heavier level of sedation compared to nitrous oxide.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe for most healthy individuals. It is important, however, that you share your complete medical history with us before receiving sedation dentistry. There are certain medical conditions or medications that could coincide with the effectiveness and safety of the sedation. Therefore, please be sure also to make us aware of any medications that you take.

Can I go back to work after I am sedated?

It depends on which type of sedation you choose. Nitrous oxide wears off rather quickly, allowing you to return to your normal activities be it school or work. IV sedation, however, may take several hours or more to wear off before you feel normal again. Under its effects, we recommend that you have someone drive you to and from your appointment, and plan on taking the rest of the day off to rest.

I’d like to know more about sedation dentistry, where do I start?

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Laser Dentistry of Erie by calling (814) 825-2615 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of all ages from the Erie area and surrounding communities.