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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Dental Anxiety – Are you Suffering?

It’s time to visit a dentist and you are suffering from anxiety.  What can you do to get past this fear? Realizing you are not alone is only part of the solution.  Many advances in diagonsis and treatment have made a trip to the dentist more comfortable and less frightening than ever.

According to mouthhealthy.org there are some tips you can use to help you get past your anxiety:

  • Share your anxiety.

    If you’re tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.

  • Help yourself.

    Choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

  • Wear headphones.

    If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite music. Some dental offices even show television or DVDs. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.

At Brogdon Dental, your comfort is our first concern.  We will address your worries by offering the finest, safest and most comfortable care available.  Call us today to set up an appointment and be sure to let us know your fears so we can help you to look forward to your dental visits instead of dreading them.  Don’t let your anxieties stop you from getting the care you need!