If you find yourself avoiding the dental chair because just the thought makes you anxious, you may be interested to know that Maxx Dental Group offers dental sedation. Fort McMurray patients who dread dental visits can count on the fact that we can allay pain through a number of methods. Most of all, we want you to feel relaxed about coming to the dentist, since avoiding dental appointments can negatively affect not only your dental health but also your overall health. Did you know that poor dental hygiene can lead to such issues as stroke, heart attack and uncontrolled blood sugar? It’s true!
If you have a phobia about dentists, we offer various options here at Maxx Dental Group. In fact, we hope to remove some of your stress and anxiety about dental visits before you ever step foot in our office just by explaining what methods of sedation dentistry we employ.
If you want to be completely unaware of your dental procedure—“sleep through it”—this is the sedation method for you. While most dental procedures do not require sedation at this level, an extremely anxious patient may find that this is the best option. With IV sedation, the worst part of the entire procedure is the needle stick as we insert the IV through which the medication will flow; we can even sedate you temporarily with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or numbing gel before that process. However, if you elect IV sedation, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home and to keep an eye on you for the next 6 hours.
Your dentist can administer a numbing agent by injection, even applying a numbing gel on the area before the injection so it isn’t painful. You will be completely awake and alert with a local anesthetic, but the treated parts of your mouth will be numb. The downside is that the numbness will last beyond your appointment for a short time, so you won’t be able to eat neatly and you’re in danger of unknowingly biting or burning your mouth tissues without knowing it.
This is a good option if you just generally feel anxious about visiting the dentist. You’ll be prescribed a benzodiazepine pill (trade names include Valium, Xanax and Ativan) to take before your appointment. Of course, you will need a ride to and from the office if you take one of these—even public transportation should be avoided, as you could miss your stop!
Be sure to contact us at Maxx Dental Group to discuss your anxiety well before your appointment so that we may be prepared to help alleviate your concerns in advance. We want your appointment to go smoothly just as much as you do.