Have you postponed your annual visit to the dentist for several months now? In fact, have you actually skipped out on all your scheduled dental appointments. For patients with moderate or even severe dental anxiety, scheduling and attending a routine dental checkup can seem far from simple. It can feel incredibly stressful, even overwhelming. Fortunately, that is one of the many reasons that many dentists offer a variety of sedation options, which can help keep patients both calm and comfortable before, during and even after dental treatment. That way, their patients are able to get the care their smiles need, without losing sleep, or spending days stressed about seeing the dentist.
Regular preventive checkups and cleanings are one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities and even worse dental health threats. They are also minimally invasive, which is great news for most people.
That said, these appointments can still be difficult to schedule and stick to, when people suffer from anxiety. This is one time when sedation options can be a great way of alleviating anxiety and helping patients to care for their smiles properly.
Nitrous oxide is one of the sedative options most dentists offer. It also happens to be minimally invasive and safe for the vast majority of patients. This makes nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, as it is more commonly called, a great option for many people. It also wears off quickly, allowing most patients to return to work or school following their dental visit.
Oral sedatives are another option, though, and they can be taken prior to a dental visit, to help keep patients calm leading up to their appointment.
Dr. Dooley can help patients overcome dental anxiety with safe sedative options. To schedule a consultation, call Scott Dooley Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-495-8100. We also proudly serve the residents of Dallas, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.