Every year, a number of patients avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety, a real condition that is sometimes rooted in previous experiences. But thankfully, you don’t have to let anxiety keep you from the essential care you need. At Summer Creek Dentistry, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help anxious patients overcome their negative feelings to have a new kind of experience. Don’t let fear or anxiety stand between you and a healthy smile anymore.
Oral sedation uses a safe and commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication to dissolve feelings of nervousness and create a sense of peace and relaxation. Prior to your procedure, Dr. King will talk to you about your anxiety and the medication you’ll be taking. She’ll instruct you on how much to take and when to take it. Then, on the day of your appointment, you’ll take your medication and sit back while it goes to work.
When your appointment is over, you’ll have a healthier smile without the feelings of anxiety you normally experience. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home afterward, though. The effects of oral sedation take some time to wear off, but you’ll be back to normal by the next day.
Anxiety isn't the only reason some patients use oral sedation. In some cases, it’s used to help patients who struggle with neck, back, or shoulder pain, or who have trouble sitting for long periods of time. Other patients might not respond to local anesthetic, while others might need to have multiple procedures completed in a single appointment, making this solution all the more beneficial. If you have questions about oral sedation, let Dr. King know. We’re always happy to provide you with more information about your treatment.
For those who are undergoing routine dental care or who just need to take the edge off their anxiety can benefit from nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas. Unlike oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide sedation is administered through a nasal mask, which the patient breathes through. It takes just minutes to take effect and can be adjusted to meet the needs of the patient throughout the appointment. Afterward, the effects wear off quickly, meaning that the patient can return to normal activities almost immediately.
Would you like to take advantage of our sedation options for your next dental visit? Contact our Fort Worth office and let us know. We are happy to accommodate patients from Fort Worth, Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Benbrook, Burleson, and beyond and take the stress out of dental care.