Why Sedation Dentistry Works
Alexandria, Tysons Corner and communities near Northern Virginia
Few people anticipate a dental visit with pleasure and excitement. In fact, there are a number of people for whom serious anxiety prevents them from seeking proper preventative care and dental treatment. Luckily, for those of us with severe dental anxiety, the practice of sedation dentistry is an effective way to address these health issues.
WHERE DENTAL ANXIETY COMES FROM
Recent studies, such as the one out of the University of Washington in Seattle, show that 20% of people surveyed will only go to the dentist when absolutely necessary, due to their high level of anxiety. Most of the fear of dentists does not stem from the experience of pain as from the perceived lack of control that patients experience in the dentist’s chair. That is why our Arlington sedation dentists offer several viable relief options.
WAYS IT WORKS
There are three primary types of sedation available for calming dental anxiety. They are:
- Oral Conscious Sedation – Patient takes a pill or other type of oral sedative.
- IV Conscious Sedation – A board certified anesthesiologists administer medications directly into the blood stream with immediate effect.
- Sedation and Anesthetic Injections – A local anesthetic is administered to block pain and is administered only after patient is comfortably sedated.
Clearly, there are a number of successful options that work in terms of sedation dentistry. The key is to consult with an experienced sedation dentist to discover the right choice for your unique situation. Every patient is different and people have individual pain thresholds. Often, you and your dentist can coordinate a hand signal so that your treatment is administered gradually and at levels you are most comfortable with.
Taking care of your health and feeling comfortable and relaxed at the dentist is not difficult. If you are in the Alexandria, Virginia or surrounding areas, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics for your initial sedation dentistry consultation with one of our experienced practicioners.