Dental Sedation – Is it possible to relax?

Does the thought of going to the dentist for a minor teeth cleaning make you break out in a sweat? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache than call for a dental appointment?  If you ever feel this way you are not alone.  Many people just like you experience these fears and would rather risk the possibility of future problems than go now for help.

If you are one of those people who avoid the dentist at all costs, sedation dentistry may take away some of your anxiety.  Dental Sedation can be used for everything from more difficult procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.

One of the methods that Dr Brogdon uses is nitrous oxide or laughing gas.  According to WebMD,

You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist.

You may also need a local anesthetic, a numbing medication at the site where Dr Brogdon will be working in your mouth  to help relieve any pain or discomfort from the procedure.

Some of the possible reasons for Sedation dentistry would be

  • have a low pain threshold
  • can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a bad gag reflex
  • need a large amount of dental work completed

If you suffer from dental anxiety, call our office.  Dr Brogdon can talk to you about your fears and help make you more comfortable. Ask him to explain all he will do so you will know what to expect.  Decide before hand a signal such as  raising your hand or give him some sign to let him know if you are experiencing any discomfort.

It helps to know that you have some control of your fears and that Dr Brogdon will listen and act on those fears to help make you feel more comfortable with your visit.  Remember, it is possible to relax during your next dental visit!


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