woman asleep from sedation dentistryDoes the thought of visiting your dentist in Scarborough give you anxiety? Do you have a phobia about dental care all together? If your answer is ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. As you read on, your local dentist will explain how it works and how to prepare yourself accordingly for whichever treatment you require.

Dental Anxieties and Phobias Explained

The terms ‘anxiety’ and ‘phobia’ are often used interchangeably, but the following explains how they differ:

  • Anxiety – To be anxious is to feel uncomfortable and uneasy about something, but it doesn’t debilitate you.
  • Phobia – If you have a phobia, though, it denotes a strong fear that can stagnate and prevent you from participating in certain activities.

For either situation, though, your dentist has a remedy with sedation dentistry.

The Different Types of Sedation Treatment Available

The reason that it’s important to identify whether you have a fear or anxiety is that it determines the type of therapy you need. Here are the two forms of sedation dentistry in Scarborough that your dentist offers:

  • Nitrous Oxide – Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is used to calm your nerves before a dental procedure starts. The medication is delivered via a mask that’s placed over your nose and makes for a pleasant dental care experience. It’s also good to know that the effects wear off by the time the dental procedure is done, allowing you to go on with your day.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – If you have a phobia, though, about having a dental procedure done, then oral conscious sedation may be a better fit. Delivered in pill form, your dentist will prescribe this medication for you to take around an hour before you leave your house to arrive for your appointment. By the time you show up for your visit, you’ll be relaxed and ready to get the dental care you need. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you’ll need to plan for transportation back home after the procedure is done, because the medication will take a few hours to wear off.

By using one of these treatment methods, you can be sure to have the vital dental work done that you need. To learn more about how your dentist can help you enjoy a comfortable dental experience, reach out to schedule an appointment today.

About the Author

Dr. Samantha Amaro earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Since graduating and entering private practice, she has worked to provide her patients with the best experience. So if you’re a little hesitant or fearful about visiting, she’ll be happy to sit down and discuss options with you at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Amaro can be reached for more information through her website.