Sedation dentistry involves the safe, professional use of controlled substances to induce a state of calm and relaxation. When you’re calm and relaxed in the dentist office, this helps soothe any anxiety you may be feeling, and allows for a smoother dental procedure. Dr. Agamov offers three levels of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral, and IV.
What Can Be Done About Dental Anxiety?
Over 36 percent of the population suffers from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is defined as fear, anxiety or stress associated with going to the dentist. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as prior bad experiences, the kinds of tools used in dentistry, or negative stereotypes attached to the dental profession.
While this fear is understandable, it can also be dangerous. Failing to see a dentist regularly increases your risk of developing oral health issues such as cavities, periodontal disease and more. If these issues continue to go unchecked, they can negatively affect not just your mouth, but the rest of your body as well.
Still, even if you know you need dental care, dental anxiety can be stopping you from getting it. Fortunately, at the office of Dr. Alla Agamov DMD, we can offer sedation dentistry services to help out patients who experience dental anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is one of the most well known and widely utilized forms of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, non-flammable gas that is inhaled before your procedure.
On top of producing an anesthetizing effect that eliminates pain, laughing gas is known to inspire feelings of giddiness and euphoria. Hence the nickname, ‘laughing gas’. Nitrous oxide inhalation may be a good option for you if:
- You’ve proven resistant or allergic to other forms of sedation
- You don’t like needles or pills
- You want a sedative that acts fast and wears off quickly
- You need to drive yourself home
In cases where sedation is not enough, Dr. Agamov may prescribe general anesthesia. General anesthesia, unlike the other forms of sedation, involves completely suspending your consciousness for the duration of the procedure. General anesthesia usually involves a combination of inhaled and injected controlled substances like those listed above.
You may be a candidate for general anesthesia if:
- Your procedure is expected to be very painful, long, and/or complex
- You’ve proven resistant to regular sedation
- You experience extreme levels of dental anxiety
- You can take time off to recover
- You have a ride home
Leave Dental Fear Behind With Sedation Dentistry
If your dental fear is stopping you from receiving the dental care you require, don’t wait for your oral health issues to develop any further. Seek help immediately.
Learn how sedation dentistry can keep you calm in the dentist’s office and help you maintain your overall health. Call the office of Dr. Alla Agamov in Sharon, MA or submit a contact form.