Whether they’re due for a teeth cleaning or a root canal, patients often feel uneasy in the dental chair. It’s common to feel some degree of anxiety when undergoing a medical procedure. Fortunately, there are ways to help you relax. The friendly dentists at Four Corners Dental Group Fairbanks in Alaska explain how sedation dentistry services can help you.
Sedation dentistry involves using mild medication to help patients feel more comfortable at the dentist’s office. They can be administered through inhalation, oral pills, or an IV. For more serious procedures, such as a root canal, general anesthesia—which applies a deeper level of sedation—may be employed. The level of sedation that the dentist administers depends on the procedure at hand as well as your unique needs and preferences. For example, these effects might range from mild, in which you feel completely awake but relaxed, to deep, in which you are nearly asleep. In some cases, patients undergo the procedure completely unconscious.
Many dental procedures, such as tooth extractions or tooth crowns, require a localized anesthetic to prevent the patient from feeling any pain. However, sedation dentistry provides an additional layer of relief, particularly if the patient feels anxious even in the instance of minor procedures. Whether this anxiety is due to teeth sensitivity or negative associations with the dentist during childhood, most concerns can be alleviated with the help of a little anesthetic and a caring, supportive dentist. In just a few hours, the effects will wear off and you can enjoy your day as usual.
If you have a fear of the dentist, the caring team from Four Corners Dental Group Fairbanks wants you to know that you’re not alone. No matter what, they’re pleased to work with you to ease your concerns. To learn more about how this team can help you, call today at (907) 479-7771 or visit the practice’s website.