Living with Dental Fear? Consider Sedation Dentistry
Dental phobia and anxiety are real and a problem thousands of people encounter when it comes time to schedule dental visits. Sedation dentistry offers a solution to dental fear, taking the stress out of dental treatments. You can learn more about sedation dentistry services at the office of Robert L. Holloway, DDS, serving residents in Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Indiana, and surrounding communities.
Is Sedation Dentistry for You?
Sedation dentistry makes use of medication to help you relax for dental visits. This medication relieves dental fear and anxiety so you can have stress-free dental treatments. If fear of the dentist is keeping you from preventive dental services, you could benefit from sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is also good for people who have the following:
- Low tolerance to pain
- A problem with gagging
- Difficulty sitting still for long dental treatments
- Fear of needles
- Tooth sensitivity
Types of Sedation
There are basically three types of dental sedation services:
- Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is administered through a mask during your treatment. Breathing in the gas helps put you at ease for your procedure. The effects wear off quickly, so you can drive home after your treatment.
- Oral sedation is taken as a pill about an hour before your appointment. The medication makes you drowsy, so you feel relaxed during your treatment. You’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
- IV sedation is given through an IV directly into your bloodstream. It produces a strong calming effect and may even put you to sleep during your treatment. It’s generally recommended for complex treatments such as oral surgery.
Dr. Robert Holloway may combine sedation with a local anesthetic, so you feel no pain during your treatment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Relief from dental fear and anxiety is the greatest benefit of sedation dentistry, as it enables you to get the professional dental care you need to maintain strong, healthy teeth.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Holloway for sedation dentistry services in Noblesville, IN, contact us today at (317) 672-0950. We look forward to meeting all your dental care needs.