I am not comfortable at the dentist’s office. I get very warm and sweaty and my anxiety level is pretty high. I really know that I need to relax at the dentist’s office so they can get their work done, but I am not sure that I need to be sedated. I really don’t want to be sedated. Maybe I have a fear of not knowing what’s going on during the appointment. Is there another way to relax patients without making me drowsy? Angelica
Angelica – Dentists who offer sedation have many ways of helping patients relax. Sedation dentistry is just one method.
- Sometimes, the dentist’s calmness, gentle manner, and understanding are enough.
- Often distractions might be available, such as a TV or headphones with music.
- Communication is important too. Some patients are nervous for specific reasons. Let the dentist know what occurred during past dental experiences that made you uncomfortable. The dentist and his or her team will make the effort to avoid triggers that increase your anxiety.
- When the dentist and hygienist communicate what is happening during the procedure and what you should expect to feel, it may help to calm you.
We suggest that you schedule a consultation with one or two dentists who cater to anxious patients to discuss your concerns. Take advantage of that time to learn more about sedation, the different levels of it, the dentist’s safety protocol, and sedation will affect you. For example, nitrous oxide is the lowest level of sedation that will give you a sense of well-being without drowsiness. The effects of it are quickly reversed after your procedure is complete.
The more education you get about sedation dentistry, the more comfortable you can become with the idea of receiving it.
Your consultations will help determine which dentist you need to help you have a pleasant appointment and get the dental care you need.
This post is sponsored by Steve Murphree, DDS of Huntsville, Alabama.