Are you so anxious about dental procedures that you find yourself postponing treatment? If so, sedation dentistry offers a solution and is among the services available from Juheon Seung DDS, MS, of Sterling Endodontics in Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Timonium, MD. When you’re ready to learn more, call the office to book a consultation, or schedule online in just moments.
Dental anxiety is a persistent fear of going to see a dental professional or getting dental treatments. According to one survey, as many as 61% of respondents reported suffering from some type of dental fear.
This type of anxiety can be caused by numerous factors. Some people have a previous negative experience in the dental chair that colors their approach to dentistry for the rest of their lives. Others have heard horror stories from friends and family.
In some cases there is no clear cause of dental anxiety; you simply feel anxious and worried about having a negative experience while getting routine dental care. Regardless of the source of your fears, finding a way to overcome dental anxiety is important for your dental and overall health.
Sedation dentistry is an approach that uses medication to help you relax during your dental care visits. Many different types of sedation can be employed, ranging from nitrous oxide to oral sedatives and even general sedation, which is done under the care of an anesthesiologist.
For most people, nitrous oxide is a great option because it is effective, safe, and wears off quickly once treatment is over. Nitrous oxide, often called “laughing gas,” is a colorless gas that is administered through a nose cannula or mask worn over your nose.
As you breathe, nitrous oxide helps you relax. You’ll remain awake and able to respond to commands during your treatment, but you’ll be able to go through your treatment with relative ease. Some people report feelings of euphoria, light-headedness, laughter, and a sense of pleasant heaviness while using nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide has been used in medical and dental settings for decades and has been the subject of numerous studies over the course of that time. It has long been established as a safe and effective means of sedation, and it’s helped tens of thousands of patients get the care they need without undue stress and anxiety.
Less than 5% of patients experience side effects after using nitrous oxide. When side effects do occur, they include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and in children, agitation. These effects are short-lived in duration.
If you’d like more information about the role nitrous oxide can play in addressing your dental anxiety, set up a visit with Dr. Seung to explore your options in greater detail. Online booking is available, or you can call the office to check appointment availability.