Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
Many Americans are afraid of spiders; some have a phobia about snakes. Some 43% of Americans are terrified of the dentist. We don’t mean a certain queasy discomfort at the thought of a dental appointment or a positive dread of root canals. We are talking about folks who are so frightened of a trip to the dentist that they break out in a sweat; their hearts race and their blood pressure goes through the roof. Many of these individuals just don’t go to the dentist period, even if they are in pain from a toothache, believing the pain in their mouth is better than what the dentist might do to them. For these folks who are compromising their health and their teeth, sedation dentistry in Erie may just make sense and solve the problem.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
The goal of sedation dentistry is merely to relax you and make you less aware of the sights and sounds that frighten you. Receiving sedation dentistry can make it more bearable for those who fear going to the dentist. It is an evolving field, and the methods of sedation have become easier and more refined than methods of the past. Let’s take a look at the sedation dentistry options available at Laser Dentistry of Erie.
Inhalation Sedation – Laughing Gas
Today, methods of sedation have become much more conducive to achieving relaxation and comfort at the dentist’s office. Laughing gas or nitrous oxide is inhaled through a comfortable mask that fits over the patient’s nose. As you breath in, the gas takes effect and helps reduce your awareness of your surroundings, while remaining in control of your breathing, and your body. Laughing gas also can help raise your threshold of pain, even though local anesthetic in the mouth is still needed. Many patients of sedation dentistry do not remember the visit, as though they had been asleep during the whole procedure. After receiving sedation through laughing gas, you can drive yourself back home or return to work as the effects wear off rather quickly.
Oral sedation is taken in the form of a pill that is prescribed by the dentist. The patient takes this sedative about half an hour to one hour before their appointment. Since oral sedation has a heavier effect on the body, it is advised that you plan on having a trusted individual drive you to and from your appointment, and sit with you for the remainder of the day until the effects of the sedation wear off.
The popularity of Sedation Dentistry
The use of sedation in dentistry to conquer patient fears is now the most common technique in the profession. This is because it doesn’t require needles and is easy to administer. It makes people feel like their procedure only lasts for minutes, instead of hours in the dreaded chair. Even complicated dental work can be accomplished in fewer visits.
Your Sedation Dentist’s Training
You should always check out the credentials of your dentist and his/her staff. Dr. Albert Starr at Laser Dentistry of Erie is licensed to offer sedation dentistry. Our team of professionals have been specifically trained in sedation procedures to ensure patient safety.
Call Laser Dentistry of Erie today at (814) 825-2615 to learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule a consultation to see if sedation dentistry is right for you. We welcome patients of Erie, Harborcreek, and Millcreek, PA.