November 18, 2018
If you’d rather suffer from a toothache than visit a dentist, you’re not alone. Many people are terrified of dental work. Unfortunately, that means those who are most anxious can, in the long run, face more aggressive procedures simply because they wait too long to get treatment. Fortunately, individualized sedation dentistry in Scarborough can help with the fear of even preventative maintenance.
A Cautionary Tale for Dental Phobes
Imagine finding out you need a root canal because you didn’t have a filling done in a timely manner. For anyone who puts off dental work because of their fear of the chair (and what happens there), take heed. You may ultimately need less invasive dental work if you take care of it early.
No Reason to Fear Your Next Appointment
You may have heard of sedation, but did you think it was just for “big” procedures, like that root canals?
Guess what? In the interest of preventing those “big” procedures, sedation is available for any kind of treatment that makes you nervous – even cleanings!
There’s a Sedation Type for Every Level of Anxiety
Rest assured that your dentist doesn’t want to give you more sedation than you need for any procedure or anxiety level, and the goal is always to make you as relaxed as you can be but able to recover as quickly as possible. For example, you may hesitate to get a professional cleaning if you think you’ll need to take a whole day off to recover from the sedation.
That’s why it’s important to know your options before you go.
What If I’m Just a Little Nervous?
Nitrous oxide is a great option for mild anxiety. It’s administered through a mask over the nose and can make you feel relaxed, content and even euphoric. You may know it as “laughing gas.” It takes effect immediately and wears off in just a minute or two. That means you can get back to your day, even activities like exploring the bluffs in Bluffer’s Park.
What If I’m Terrified?
If you have a lot of fear and anxiety, oral conscious sedation is a good option. You’ll take a pill before you arrive. While you’ll be awake enough to interact with the dentist, you’ll be so relaxed you may not remember anything about the procedure.
You won’t be able to drive, so you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the appointment. You’ll be back to normal later that day or by the following day.
Don’t Let Fear Ruin Your Smile
The risks of dental fear leading to significant dental damage is real. Rather than being a “worst-case-scenario” remedy, sedation is the any-time solution for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful throughout your life.
About the Author
Dr. Samantha Amaro and Dr. Arti Patel founded White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentists out of their passion for helping people who are afraid of dentists get the treatment they need in the comfortable manner they require. To discuss your unique level of anxiety and sedation solutions that will fit your need, provided with unconditional, individualized support, call 416-285-4545.
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