If you are someone who suffers from anxiety when visiting the dentist, you may want to consider finding a sedation dentist instead. A dentist who deals with patients who suffer from mild to severe anxiety will be able to provide you with the right type of sedative treatment. This will ensure that you receive the dentist care you need, without having to suffer from your anxiety. Anxiety can slow treatment and cause you to avoid appointments altogether. Here are the types of sedation that a sedative dentist can offer you to help you with your dental treatment:
Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives, usually for those who suffer from mild anxiety, will be administered the day before, or possibly an hour before treatment. Of course, this depends on your type of anxiety. Usually, your dentist will have you take the oral medication the night before your treatment if your anxiety is more severe. Your dentist will do this to ensure that you feel calm enough to actually show up to the dental apponitment. Of course, if you suffer from less anxiety, then the dentist will provide the oral sedative the day of the appointment.
IV Sedation: An IV sedation is similar to an oral sedative. Just like an oral sedative, it will ensure that you feel relaxed enough to receive dental treatment, but will not be strong enough for you to avoid getting an anesthetic for pain.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Nitrous oxide sedation is also known as laughing gas, which puts you in a extreme relaxed state so that the dentist may administer the anesthetic for pain if you are normally unwilling for this to happen without being in such a relaxed state.
Anesthesia: Anesthesia is for those who are either undergoing an extreme dental operation or who suffer from severe anxiety that being in a state of unconsciousness is the only way for their dental work to get done. Dentists who work with anesthesia have extra measures to take to ensure that patients are monitored closely while in a state of unconsciousness, which means that the process is extremely safe. Of course, being in a state of unconsciousness makes anesthetics unnecessary since you will be completely unaware of your surroundings.
Usually, sleep dentistry costs more and sometimes isn't covered under insurance. However, you can ask local sedative dentists about financing options since many will provide some to help you cover the more expensive costs.