If you’re reading this, then chances are you don’t like going to see your Midland Texas dentist. Maybe it’s been two years since your last appointment, maybe it’s been twenty, or maybe you’ve never been to the dentist at all. Perhaps you pull yourself together to go for a cleaning, but “forget” follow-up appointments to get a cavity filled or broken teeth fixed. You know that you should go, (especially if you have a cavity or need a root canal) because avoiding the problem will only make matters worse, but a deep-rooted fear stops you in your tracks.
If you are truly afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of Americans have a dental phobia that keeps them from getting the oral health care they may desperately need. Many suffer with persistent or worsening pain in order to avoid this anxiety-inducing appointment.
But what if you had the option of making your trip to the dentist anxiety-free, perhaps even relaxing or comfortable?
The use of sedative medications either taken before your appointment or administered in our Midland TX dentist office is a practice designed to relax patients and make their dental appointment more comfortable. Whether the visit is for a routine checkup or more extensive procedure, it has been available in various forms for decades, and therapies continue to evolve and improve.
It is important to note that patients who opt for sedation dentistry are not asleep while the Midland Texas dentist team completes their work (it is not the same as general anesthesia). Patients will feel more relaxed and comfortable during their appointment, but the medications used in sedation dentistry are designed to keep patients awake and able to respond to the dental team during the entire procedure. Sedation dentistry doesn’t eliminate the need for local anesthesia (shots) if needed, but it has allowed many anxious dental patients to feel more at ease during the experience.
While targeted more toward patients with substantial dental anxieties or those needing extensive dental treatment, sedation dentistry can also benefit other patients with a strong gag reflex, jaw soreness, or prior difficulties getting numb. If you are among the millions of people with a dental phobia, sedation dentistry could be an option to get you back into our Midland dentist office for the dental treatments and oral health care you’ve been putting off.