You’re not alone if you put off dental care due to worry about painful procedures or because the thought of walking into the office puts you in a panic. Up to 15% of adults avoid seeing the dentist due to anxiety and fear. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental specializes in sedation dentistry, offering several types of sedation to alleviate anxiety and ensure pain-free dental care. To learn more about sedation options, call her office in Mount Gilead, Ohio, or book an appointment.
The team at Morrow County Dental offers sedation dentistry, because they’re dedicated to making your dental experience comfortable. Sedation dentistry refers to dental care that offers specialized services and medications to relieve stress and anxiety and eliminate all pain during a dental procedure.
Local anesthesia is the standard way to relieve pain associated with dental care. It’s injected directly at the site of your procedure and effectively eliminates pain for many types of dental work.
Using a local anesthesia, however, isn’t sufficient for all procedures, and it sure doesn’t help relieve your anxiety. That’s why your dentist at Morrow County Dental offers several options that provide different levels of sedation:
When you inhale nitrous oxide or laughing gas, it helps you relax. It also tends to make you feel removed from the activity at hand and often produces feelings of euphoria, which makes people laugh. You’re awake throughout the procedure, but your anxiety is diminished. Nitrous oxide combined with a local anesthetic is very effective for many patients.
This type of anesthesia gives you an alternative to injections and uses electronic impulses to prevent pain. Electrodes are placed on your cheeks, then they transmit safe levels of electrical impulses into your jaw, effectively numbing pain.
Conscious sedation provides a high level of sedation using medication that has a deeply relaxing effect. Unlike general anesthesia, you stay awake, but some patients feel so relaxed they doze during the procedure. The medication is administered orally and sometimes in conjunction with nitrous oxide. You will likely have no memory of your visit at all. This form of sedation is very popular.
Medication that provides total sedation is administered intravenously. You’ll be asleep for the entire procedure and will need recovery time in the office after your dental work is finished. We do not offer this option at this time.
If you have severe fear, anxiety, or dental phobia, please call and talk with the dentists at Morrow County Dental. They truly understand and help you overcome your fear by working with you to develop a stepwise plan.
You might begin with a visit to the office just to get comfortable with the environment and talk about how sedation can alleviate your anxiety. Whatever degree of anxiety you face, they’ll help you find a way to maintain good dental health.