If you hate even the thought of a dental appointment, you’re not alone. Estimates vary, but at the very least tens of millions of people in the United States have some level of dental anxiety. You don’t have to be afraid of the dentist any longer thanks to dental sedation options from Dr. Walter Hadley of Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA.
What Is Dental Sedation?
Sedation dentistry focuses on alleviating anxiety or fear so that the patient can relax during needed dental procedures. There are several types of dental sedation, and at Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA, Dr. Hadley offers both inhaled and oral conscious sedation. Let’s look at each of those.
As you’d guess, this is something you breathe in through a small mask that covers your nose. Dr. Hadley provides a carefully controlled mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide – you may know that as “laughing gas.” It got that nickname because nitrous oxide tends to cause some people to feel giddy and begin laughing.
Inhaled sedation takes effect in seconds, and the level can be precisely adjusted to your need. You’ll feel relaxed and unconcerned during your appointment. And the effects of inhaled sedation wear off almost as quickly as they take effect. You’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Inhaled sedation is best for those with mild to moderate levels of anxiety. But when more help is needed, oral sedation works like a charm.
Oral sedation is administered by a pill that you take before your appointment. Dr. Hadley will tell you how many hours before. You’ll definitely need someone to drive you to and from your appointment; driving while sedates is a really bad idea, to say the least.
Oral sedation causes a much deeper level of relaxation. You’ll probably feel disconnected from and unconcerned about what’s going on around you. In some cases, Dr. Hadley may decide to administer both oral and inhaled sedation together to get an even deeper level of relaxation.
Again, you’ll feel groggy after oral sedation, so definitely arrange for a ride home.
Dental Sedation Can Help With A Wide Range Of Issues
If you’re prone to one or more the following, dental sedation can alleviate the problem or problems and allow you to get the dental care you need.
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Anxiety due to the sights, smells, and sounds of a dental practice
- A fear of needles
- Memories of bad dental experience
- Restlessness while in the dental chair
If your dental care will involve several procedures, you’ll love dental sedation! Being relaxed and unconcerned will allow to have a number of procedures in a single visit.
Get The Dental Care You Need Without Being Afraid Of The Dentist
If you’ve been putting off having your teeth cleaned or other problems addressed, now is the time! Discover the difference that dental sedation can make in your experience. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Get started by calling our Kennewick, WA office at 509-591-0515 to arrange a visit.