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Whether you’re 10 years old or 50, dental phobia is an incredibly common issue. According to a survey taken by 18,000 people across the world, 61 percent said they suffer from dental fear, and nearly four percent of them said they’ve never been to a dentist. That’s why a dentist in Scarborough uses the latest technology to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable, so they can get the preventive care they need without being filled with anxiety. With the right professional by your side, making you feel comforted and well cared for, you won’t have to worry about a severe oral health problem creeping up on you. Read on to learn about how sedation dentistry can benefit you.



What are the Different Sedation Techniques?

Depending on the severity of your phobia and what type of treatment
you’re having, your sedation dentist
will determine what technique will be the best option to help you feel relaxed and
calm. That way, they’ll be able to easily work on your mouth and get you in and
out of their office as soon as possible. They may choose one of the following
options:

  • Nitrous Oxide- You’ve most likely heard
    this referred to as “laughing gas” before. Nitrous oxide is a great solution
    for patients who have mild dental anxiety. It’s administered during the appointment
    through a nose mask. Throughout your treatment, your professionals will be able
    to adjust the levels, making you feel warm, content, and even euphoric. A great
    benefit is that the effects wear off within a few minutes after the mask is
    removed, allowing patients to carry on with their day.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation- Struggling with
    a moderate fear of the dentist can fill you with anxiety and worry before the
    appointment has even begun. In this case, your dentist may recommend oral conscious
    sedation, in the form of a pill that’s taken before you get to the office. That
    way, once you’re in the treatment chair, you’ll remain totally comfortable and
    relaxed throughout the procedure. This form of sedation puts you in a deep
    relaxation state, blurring the memories of your visit.

Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is a great option for any patient who suffers from
fear, anxiety, or worry that’s keeping them from visiting or feeling
comfortable at the dentist. Some other reasons people may turn to a sedation
dentist is because they:

  • Have a low pain tolerance.
  • Have difficulty sitting still in the dentist’s
    chair.
  • Have incredibly sensitive teeth.
  • Have a gag reflex that’s easily triggered.
  • Need extensive dental work completed in a single
    visit.

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective for patients of all
ages and can be administered by most dentists. Getting the dental care you need
before a problem becomes severe can save you time, money, stress, and needing
invasive treatments. So, instead of putting your visit off because of your anxiety,
check with your dentist about whether they offer sedation solutions that can
calm your mind and body.

About the Author

Dr. Samantha Amaro is a member of several professional
organizations including the Ontario Dental Association, Royal College of Dental
Surgeons, and more. This allows her to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements
in her field and provide her patients with the highest quality of care. She has
also taken advanced training courses and earned certifications in Invisalign,
CEREC one-day crowns, and moderate sedation. She strives to allow everyone to
feel comfortable in her care, which is why she offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious
sedation to patients who have dental anxiety. For questions or to learn how you
can feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair, visit White Willow Family &
Cosmetic Dentistry’s website
or call 416-285-4545.