Will Sedation Help My Dental Anxiety?

Do you ever feel nervous about visiting the dentist? If you have anxiety, don’t let your fears prevent you from enjoying a healthy and attractive smile. Instead, talk to your Gary, IN, dentist about sedation and other ways to combat dental anxiety!

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation and Dental Anxiety

Question: What happens if I avoid the dentist?

Answer: Without routine visits, minor oral health issues may develop, such as tooth decay and gingivitis. Over time, untreated cavities could lead to infections, abscesses, serious discomfort, and eventually, tooth loss. Likewise, gingivitis could lead to the onset of gum disease, which over time could increase the risk tooth loss. In order to maintain your oral health, and your natural teeth, then you need to see your dentist regularly.

Question: How does nitrous oxide work?

Answer: To help anxious patients, we may recommend sedation. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask over the nose. The patient breathes in the gas and enters a relaxed state. As soon as the procedure ends, the effects wear off and the patient can return to work or school with little to no memory of the procedure.

Question: When do you prescribe oral sedation?

Answer: For patients with serious anxiety, or that may require multiple procedures, we may prescribe oral sedation. Taken in pill form before the procedure, the calming agent puts patients in a deep state of relaxation, again with little to no memory of the procedure. The effects will take time to wear off, so patients should arrange for a friend or a family member to bring them home.

Question: Do you ever combine them?

Answer: Occasionally, patients may benefit from combine these two options. Before recommending a calming agent, we will talk about your dental fears and look at your medical history.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Sedation?

We want to make sure your anxiety doesn’t keep you from enjoying the beautiful smile you deserve! To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at info@healthysmilesnwi.com. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.