Does going to the dentist make you anxious? You’re not alone. Approximately 20 percent of all people have dental anxiety or dental phobias, according to the Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal. Fortunately, our dentist at Shasta Kids Dentistry can help you or anyone else with sedation dentistry.
Have you ever used laughing gas before a dental procedure? That is one type of sedation that our dentist in Redding, CA may offer to you if you seem nervous about being in their dental chair. All forms of sedation help to relax and calm you so that you are less nervous or anxious about the procedure he or she is doing. Here are the types our dentist may use.
The most common form of sedation that our dentist uses is laughing gas. It helps relax the body and allows our dentist to give patients numbing shots without them feeling too much discomfort. Patients from young toddlers to the elderly can safely have laughing gas to calm anxiety.
Oral sedation is also an option for people who may be too anxious to wear a mask over their face during their dental visit. The pill will take about 10 to 15 minutes to go into effect, so if you’re a returning patient, then you may get the pill when you check-in for your appointment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm, and our dentist can get right to work.
If you’re having an extensive procedure like a root canal or a minor surgery like an extraction, then our dentist may provide you with IV sedation, which is sometimes known as Twilight or conscious sedation. Although you don’t go to sleep, you may not remember any of the procedure. Along with helping you to relax, this type of sedation provides pain relief.
When you need a more involved surgery, our dentist at Shasta Kids Dentistry will use general anesthesia so that you won’t feel any of the procedure since you will be asleep. An anesthesiologist will give you the sedation and monitor you throughout the surgery to ensure you never feel any discomfort.
Our dentist in Redding, CA is careful that you’re relaxed and comfortable so that you have positive dental experiences.