An estimated 20 percent of people have avoided seeing their dentist due to nervousness or fear. Here at Weber Family Dentistry, we understand that dental anxiety is extremely common. That’s why we offer two different forms of sedation to calm your nerves and help you relax in the dental chair. Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the treatment you need to maintain a healthy smile. Keep reading to learn how Dr. Steven Weber, your Lincoln sedation dentist, can make your visit a soothing and pleasant experience.
If you only get a little bit nervous at the dentist’s office, you might be a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation. You’ll breathe in this clear, odorless gas through a small mask that we place over your nose. Within just a few moments, all of your worries should start to evaporate. The mask remains on for the duration of your procedure. You should feel relaxed and euphoric the entire time, so much so that you might not even remember your treatment afterward. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide begin to wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home and resume your day as normal.
For patients with more severe dental anxiety, we offer oral conscious sedation. This sedative comes in the form of an anti-anxiety pill that Dr. Weber will prescribe for you to take on the day of your appointment. By the time you’re sitting in the dental chair, the pill’s effects will have set in. You’ll reach such a deep state of relaxation that you might even briefly fall asleep during your procedure, but we gently nudge you awake. While you’ll technically be conscious enough to respond to our requests, chances are very low that you’ll remember any details from your appointment. Because the sedation can last for several hours, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office and keep an eye on you as you spend the remainder of the day resting.
Dental sedation isn’t just for patients with anxiety. It’s also great for patients with sensitive teeth or an overactive gag reflex since the sedatives dull sensation in those areas. If you have trouble holding your mouth open or sitting still for a long period of time, or if you need extensive dental work completed in one sitting, you might also be a candidate for sedation dentistry.
Have you been putting off the dental care you need because of anxiety? Contact our Lincoln office to find out if you could benefit from seeing a sedation dentist.