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Sedation Dentistry – Wethersfield, CT

Find Relief from Dental Fears

To be honest, dental anxiety is pretty normal. As many as 36% of Americans are afraid of dental treatments. That said, you shouldn’t let this fear control your life. Failing to face it will cause issues for your teeth and gums. So, you may want to try a handy solution: sedation dentistry. As offered by Wethersfield Dental Group, this option will make your dental visit much calmer. Just keep reading to learn more about it, or book a visit for details!


How Dental Anxiety Harms Oral Health

A young woman getting a dental checkup

If left unchecked, dental anxiety can tempt you to skip dental care. Your general oral health would then suffer as a result.


Remember, visits to the dentist protect your smile. They prevent and treat any problems in your mouth. If you give in to dental fears, you might skip these vital appointments. Plaque and bacteria will then build up and cause tooth decay, gum disease, or worse.


Luckily, sedation dentistry treats dental anxiety. It uses sedatives to relax you for various procedures. For that reason, you needn’t skip visits out of fear. You can go into treatment knowing that it’ll go smoothly. From there, your oral health will be preserved or even improved.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation

: A young woman receiving nitrous oxide sedation

Overall, nitrous oxide sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Dentists often use it for cases of mild dental anxiety. (It best suits patients who only need a little help relaxing.)


To work, this option has patients breathe nitrous oxide (i.e., “laughing gas”) through a nose mask. Inhaling the sedative causes feelings of calm and mild euphoria. Still, the laughing gas will leave you fairly alert; you’ll be able to respond to dentist instructions.


Notably, nitrous oxide has short-lived effects. It quickly exits your system once you stop breathing it. As such, it’ll let you continue your day after treatment. You’ll be well enough to drive home or return to work.


Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

A woman sitting in a dentist’s chair

Generally, almost anyone can qualify for sedation dentistry. It only requires that you have relatively decent health. Even so, some patients do benefit from it more than others. Ideal sedation candidates usually have one (or more) of the following:


  • Mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Difficulty sitting in a chair for long periods
  • Several procedures to complete in a single appointment
  • A phobia concerning needles
  • Traumatic dental experiences from the past
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