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Many people feel some level of fear and anxiety before setting foot in the dentist's office. Dental phobias are common in people of all ages. However, you don't need to suffer through your dental appointment with anxiety. Dental sedation can allow you to relax through routine dental cleanings as well as more complex procedures. Here are some of the things you can do if you're interested in dental sedation:
1. Find a dentist who specializes in sedation dentistry
All dentists can offer dental sedation. However, dentists who specialize in sedation dentistry may be able to give you more options. These dentists specialize in helping nervous patients, so you can expect excellent bedside manner throughout your appointment. You can find a list of sedation dentistry practices online or ask your current dentist for a referral.
2. Find out if you'll need a ride home
It's okay to drive after taking certain sedatives but not others. People who receive nitrous oxide will be clear-headed and able to drive as soon as the administration of nitrous oxide is discontinued. However, people who take oral sedatives and those who receive intravenous sedatives will need to secure a safe ride home. You can ask your dentist before your appointment if you'll be able to drive after receiving treatment.
3. Tell your dentist about all the medications you're taking
Dental sedation is a safe way to have a comfortable and relaxing dental appointment. However, some of the drugs used to sedate patients may interfere with certain types of medications. For instance, oral sedatives can compound the effects of antidepressants or benzodiazepines used to treat chronic anxiety. Additionally, certain cancer treatments can affect the drugs typically used during dental procedures. To ensure that you have no adverse effects, you should tell your dentist about any medications and supplements you're currently using.
4. Request specific sedation services that have worked for you in the past
Dental sedation can be achieved through a number of different medications. Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting drug that is administered through a mask placed over the patient's nose. Oral sedatives can be taken at home before your dental appointment, and intravenous sedatives can induce a state of deep relaxation during your procedure. The medication that works best for you will depend on your level of anxiety and your individual body chemistry. You should feel free to request the treatments and medications that you already know will work for you.