The subject of dental care can elicit fear among some people. This can make children and adults alike choose to live with dental problems and only seek professional help when the pain becomes unbearable. You can have severe dental anxiety to a point where you are afraid to visit your Monterey bone grafting specialist at Perio & Implant Centers of Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley. If you fit into this description, you are not alone. It is estimated that 20% of people are afraid to seek dental care.
You might be afraid of seeking dental care due to:
· Fear of injections
· Fear of the anesthetic and its side effects
· Fear of pain
· Feeling embarrassed
· Feelings of helpless
Your dental anxiety is putting you through unnecessary pain and discomfort. Besides, there is a risk of developing oral complications due to a lack of timely interventions. At Perio & Implant Centers of Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley, there is a way to put your anxiety at bay when seeking dental care and treatment.
Sedation dentistry: Feel relaxed and calm as your dentist works on your mouth
Your doctor can administer certain medications through a pill, inhalant, or an IV to sedate you during your visit to the facility. There are various levels of sedation treatments that can be used to make you feel comfortable during treatment. If you have severe anxiety, your doctor will administer general anesthesia so that treatment can occur when you are unconscious.
Local anesthesia is a light sedation to help you relax but stay awake during treatment. It helps numb your nerves during basic treatments and check-ups. Light sedation can also be used if you require several treatments and consequently have to spend much time in the dental chair.
Moderate sedation involves a deeper level of conscious relaxation. It is ideal for handling the fear of being in a dentist’s office and you might not remember anything that happened during treatment.
Deep sedation almost knocks you unconscious, but you can be awakened whenever required. It makes you doze during the procedure. However, this is not the same as using general anesthesia, which leaves you unconscious and unaware of your surroundings.
This innovative calming method employs a technology that resembles what happens in your brain immediately before you fall asleep. This method helps you achieve deep relaxation quickly and reliably by:
· Using a calming cream
· Blocking out light with a comfortable blindfold
· Use of a cranial electrotherapy stimulation device to interrupt stress hormones
· Use of scientific music frequencies to take your brain’s wavelengths down to “theta” level
You lie down during treatment, relax and fall asleep as your doctor does their work. Sedation dentistry is a great way to avoid being anxious during dental treatment.
The team at Perio & Implant Centers of Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley has a broad range of sedative options to help you relax during treatment. Schedule a consultation to have your dentist help you choose a method that is right for your phobia.