Serving Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle
Some level of anxiety or nervousness about going to the dentist is common, but for many, visiting the dentist is a traumatic experience that provokes severe stress, anxiety or even outright fear. This phenomenon is known as dental anxiety and, according to an article on Colgate’s Web site, it afflicts 9 to 15 percent of Americans.
At The Esler Dental Group, we offer sedation dentistry for individuals with dental anxiety or certain other pre-existing conditions that make it difficult to receive oral health care.
We use sedation in the following forms:
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that covers the mouth and nose, producing a calming effect that eases fear and diminishes awareness of surroundings while maintaining reflexes and the ability to communicate. The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off rather quickly, following your procedure.
Administered in pill form, this is most commonly used in patients with extremely high dental anxiety or problems controlling muscles for a prolonged period of time. In the case of oral sedation, a patient likely will be asked to limit intake of food and drinks before the appointment.
What you should know about undergoing sedation dentistry
All forms of sedation used at The Esler Dental Group are safe. Just be sure you plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment if you are considering sedation dentistry. Also, be sure to share your entire medical history with the dentist, prior to receiving sedation, to ensure its effectiveness and safety to your health as sedation dentistry may not be advised for patients with certain medical conditions.
In addition to issues with muscle control, patients with the following conditions also can benefit from sedation dentistry:
- Jaw discomfort
- Strong gag reflex
- Needing to have multiple lengthy procedures performed
Many individuals who suffer from dental anxiety go years without seeing a dentist. This compromises both oral health and, eventually, overall health. Do not let fear stand between you and quality oral health care. Contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021 to learn more about sedation dentistry.
The Esler Dental Group is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.