How Sedation Can Help You Overcome Dental Anxiety

The sights, sounds and smells of a dental office prevent millions of Americans from regularly visiting their dentist. Sound familiar?

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. For many people, a trip to the dentist is an intimidating experience that causes them to delay appointments, or worse, stop visiting the dentist altogether. Unfortunately, refusing to maintain regular checkups often leads to serious oral health problems and more complex procedures down the road.

Whether you’re anxious about dental procedures or had painful experiences in the past, it’s possible to overcome your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows patients who are nervous or afraid of visiting the dentist to safely and effectively achieve complete relaxation during treatment. Even patients in need of basic procedures, such as routine exams and cleanings, can benefit from sedation for a safe, comfortable and pain-free experience.

Sedation Dentistry and More at Natomas Crossing Dental Care

At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, we understand that a trip to the dentist can be scary and stressful, which is why we offer our patients sedation dentistry. During sedation, all cosmetic and restorative procedures can be performed with minimal pain and anxiety for the patient.

Patients can choose from one of two types of sedation dentistry: oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide). Inhalation sedation, also known as laughing gas, uses nitrous oxide and oxygen to help the body achieve a relaxed state. Patients are completely conscious soon after the nitrous oxide is removed and can often continue about their day without any assistance or delay.

Oral sedation is useful for patients who feel a great deal of anxiety prior to a dentist appointment. It is administered as a pill prior to the procedure — which means no IV tubes or needles. Patients reach a deep sense of calm while remaining responsive during treatment. Oral sedation also has an amnesiac effect, which leaves the patients with little to no memory of their time in the dental chair.

In addition to sedation dentistry, Natomas Crossing Dental Care treats adults and children with general dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and more in the Sacramento area.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

While sedation dentistry isn’t for everyone, most people can benefit from pain-free dental treatment using one of our sedation options. You might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

    • Have an extreme fear of dentistry
    • Have problems getting or staying numb
    • Have a sensitive gag reflex
    • Have trouble sitting in the dental chair for extended periods of time
    • Require multiple procedures or have complex dental problems
    • Have sensitive teeth
    • Have limited time to complete dental care
    • Dislike noises, smells and tastes associated with the dentist

Contact Natomas Crossing Dental Care Today

At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, we understand your dental fears and are here to help. Getting the dental care you need and deserve is easy — and painless — with the help of sedation dentistry. If you live in the Sacramento area and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact our office today!