If you have dental anxiety, it may seem difficult or impossible for you to get the dental care you need in Southington, Wolcott, or Plantsville. But at Southington Dentistry, Dr. Neil Salesky is here to help. Read on to learn more about how sedation dentistry helps with dental anxiety, and how our team can help you get the care you need.
Sedation dentistry helps you feel more comfortable and safe at the dentist. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) helps boost your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety, easing your mind and making you feel more comfortable. Oral conscious sedation also helps with feelings of anxiety, and it makes you feel groggy and sleepy, so you may fall asleep and forget most of what happens during your appointment. This can be very helpful if you have severe dental anxiety.
We always use numbing to ensure that the nerves around your treatment site are numb to pain and discomfort, but sedation dentistry can help further reduce any possibility of discomfort or pain during your operation. If you have dental anxiety because you think your treatment may hurt, sedation dentistry is a great way to reduce this fear and get the dental care you need in Southington.
Most people with dental anxiety have specific “triggers,” such as certain smells, the sound of a dental drill, or feelings of loss of control while in the dentist’s chair. When these “triggers,” are activated, this can lead to panic and feelings of fear. Dental sedation helps ease these responses, and makes you less sensitive to common triggers of dental anxiety. In turn, this helps you get the dental care you need without feelings of panic, fear, and anxiety.
Even if you’re not afraid of dentistry, you may be nervous about an upcoming appointment if you need your mouth to be numbed with a needle. Sedation dentistry can help with fear of needles, too, and ensure that you do not feel scared while your mouth is numbed and prepared for treatment. It even can help reduce the severity of your gag reflex, which is important if you have a strong gag reflex and need a filling or other dental work in one of your rear teeth.
Finally, sedation dentistry can help patients with anxiety (or even patients without anxiety) feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair during longer appointments. For example, if you need to spend 2 hours in the dentist’s chair to get multiple fillings or crowns, sedation can help you feel more relaxed, and help the time go by more quickly so that you can remain comfortable during treatment.
Thanks to our sedation options, advanced technology like drill-less dentistry, and our caring, patient-focused approach to dentistry, Southington Dentistry is the best choice if you need dental care in Plantsville, Southington, or Wolcott, but suffer from feelings of fear or anxiety about dentistry. To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Salesky, just give us a call at (860) 628-5029 or contact us online.