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Don't Ignore Your Oral Health Because of Anxiety: We Have Sedation Dentistry

Most people don’t relish the thought of visiting the dentist, but did you know that up to 15% of adults have dental anxiety? Dental anxiety is characterized by avoiding routine dental procedures because of fear, and it can put you at increased risk for decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Sedation dentistry is a safe option to calm your nerves if you suffer from dental anxiety. If you’ve put off going to the dentist, sedation dentistry helps you relax so your teeth can be cared for to protect your oral health and overall wellbeing.

Peter Lee, DDS and our team at Today's Dentistry offer sedation dentistry for adults who suffer from dental anxiety. We partner with you to help you feel comfortable during your dental procedure. Learn more by calling our office or booking your first appointment online.

Why oral health care is important

Most people should get a dental cleaning every six months. At a dental cleaning, our team professionally cleans your teeth and removes plaque buildup. We examine the health of your gums and your teeth to identify cavities or signs of gum disease. 

Addressing gum disease and decay early on help protect your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. Without regular cleanings, you’re at increased risk for gum disease, premature tooth loss, and other health problems.

Putting off regular dental cleanings due to anxiety can significantly impact your oral health. Losing teeth can make everyday activities, like eating and talking difficult, but it can also cause you to need more advanced dental procedures later on.

Poor oral health has even been linked to other health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. Because oral health plays an important part in overall health, dental anxiety can have a profound impact on more than just your mouth health.

How sedation dentistry works

The main goal of sedation dentistry is to relax you so that you don’t have anxiety during dental procedures. Dr. Lee understands many people face anxiety and fear at the dentist, so we offer two different types of sedation to keep you comfortable during treatment.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a very common type of sedation used in dentistry. You inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen and feel relaxed. You stay completely awake and you can answer questions, but you aren’t nervous. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after you stop breathing it in.

Oral sedation involves taking a prescription medication to relax you. Taking a dose prescribed by Dr. Lee about an hour before your procedure can make you more drowsy and relaxed. You may fall asleep, but can be woken gently after your procedure is over.

We work with every patient to find the best treatment strategy to calm anxious nerves. Sedation dentistry could be a good option for you if you have sensitive teeth, suffer dental anxiety, or you have a low pain tolerance. Depending on your medical history, Dr. Lee can recommend the right type of sedation for you.

With sedation dentistry at Today's Dentistry, you don’t have to avoid getting the dental procedures you need to protect your health. Find out if sedation dentistry is right for you by booking online or calling our office today.

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