It’s a fact that millions of Americans struggle to receive the dental care they need because they are too afraid or anxious to go through with it. Of course, that is hardly their own fault. A negative past dental experience or anxiety disorder can make it nearly impossible to get even a simple cleaning. With the help of sedation dentistry administered by Dr. Johnson, there’s hope for people in need of dental care, even if their anxiety gets in the way.
Taken via a pill, oral conscious sedation is intended for patients with moderate levels of anxiety. It’s also ideal for those with disabilities that prevent them from keeping still in the dental chair. Patients take the pill several hours before their appointment, which means a friend or family member will need to drive them to and from the dental office in the process. By the time they arrive, they should be deeply relaxed and ready to receive the care they need. You’ll still be awake to inform the dentist of your comfort levels.
For those with more mild forms of anxiety, nitrous oxide can be provided via a nasal mask. This sedative is inhaled throughout the procedure and can be adjusted on the fly depending on your comfort levels. While nitrous oxide is not designed to put you to sleep entirely, it is meant to keep you very relaxed from start-to-finish. Since the effects go away as soon as the mask is removed, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities after your appointment.