Do you feel anxious about visiting the dentist? If so, then you’re not alone. Studies show that between 8% and 15% of people experience some form of dental anxiety. When you avoid the dentist, you increase the risk of common oral health concerns developing, threatening the health and appearance of your smile. In order to help our nervous patients, we can offer a calming solution. Do you have questions about sedation dentistry?
Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
Question: Who benefits from dental sedation?
Answer: We typically recommend them for patients who have anxiety that prevents them undergoing routine or more serious dental treatment. In other practices, this may also be used to help patients with development issues or medical disorders that make undergoing treatment difficult.
Question: What form do you offer?
Answer: We offer two different forms of oral medication, Valium and Halcion. Take prior to the procedure, they help patients enter a deep state of relaxation. We will take a patient’s age, medical history, and level of anxiety into account before recommending a calming solution.
Question: Will I need to arrange for a ride home?
Answer: Yes. The effects of Valium and Halcion take time to wear off. You should arrange for a friend or family member to bring your home. You won’t be able to return to work or school until the next day. You should also avoid driving until the effects have worn off completely. We will send any necessary aftercare instructions with your friend or family member.
Question: Does this mean I don’t need anesthetic?
Answer: If necessary we will still administer local anesthetic before a procedure. Valium or Halcion are used to address anxiety, not discomfort.