Oral sedation dentistry can make dental care stress-free for patients in Indianapolis, IN
People both young and old can have anxiety about visiting the dentist. It can be a very serious situation, causing people to neglect their dental care and put their oral health in jeopardy. It can also take a toll on the patient emotionally. Feeling fearful or anxious about dental procedures does not have to control you or impair the health of your teeth. At Washington Street Dentistry, we know how important it is to help our patients with dental anxiety, which is why we offer oral sedation. It can help get patients back into our office and receiving the care they need and deserve.
The causes of dental anxiety vary greatly among patients. Some were traumatized by bad or painful experiences in the past. Others are simply fearful of the unknown and the potential for lengthy or painful procedures. Patients who have sensitive gag reflexes may be worried about something happening during a procedure to trigger it. Regardless of the reason, every patient’s feelings are valid and deserve to be heard by an understanding dental care team. Our goal is not just to fix dental problems; we want to help our patient with a healthier life.
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Oral sedation medication is not only beneficial for patients with dental anxiety; it’s also great for those who want to complete multiple procedures in just one visit. Patients are prescribed a medication that is taken at home, prior to coming into the office for their procedure. Transportation will need to be arranged to and from the appointment. By the time patients arrive at our office they will feel calm and relaxed. During the procedure itself, many patients will feel sleepy, like they want to doze off. Afterward, most have no memory of their treatment.
For many of our patients with dental anxiety, oral sedation helps them gain confidence in coming to the office and a level of comfort with the dentist. Some even go on to receiving only local anesthetic in future procedures.
Fear does not have to hinder your oral health, call us to learn more about the benefits of oral sedation.