It is perfectly normal to be a little scared every time you go to the dentist. This happens to millions of people throughout the country. Since oral health is so important, you need to find a way to calm your nerves. Avoiding the dentist may prevent you from having anxiety, but it also going to lead to a lot of health issues down the line. Luckily, there is now a way to safely undergo any necessary dental procedures without having to worry about having a panic attack on the day of the appointment. All you have to do is ask about oral sedation.
What Is Oral Sedation?
Oral sedation is a popular way to calm dental patients during an important appointment. Sedation dentistry has been rising in popularity every year because so many people get nervous in the dental chair. Oral sedation is achieved by taking medication, so it is the perfect option if you are afraid of needles. This option also ensures that you will not be completely unconscious during the appointment. Oral sedation simply provides excellent results while also letting you avoid the risks of general anesthesia.
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Oral sedation is only possible if you inform the cosmetic dentist of your fears before your scheduled appointment. Once we are aware of your fears, we will write you a prescription for an oral sedative. The medication will alter the chemicals in the areas of the brain that control anxiety and fear. All of your fears will completely disappear despite having full control of your body.
What Happens During and After the Appointment?
Since you will be under the influence of strong medication, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the appointment. We will start your dental appointment shortly after you arrive at the treatment facility. You will be able to respond to any questions or commands by the dentist. The medication will ensure that you do not get scared throughout the procedure. You will be able to go home immediately after your appointment is over.
The medication will wear off a few hours after you get back home. Despite being awake throughout the entire thing, you will have absolutely no memory of the dental appointment. This prevents the brain from creating additional fears before your next appointment. Oral sedation has absolutely no side effects or risks, so you will be able to use it to help you stay calm during every future dental appointment.
Do not neglect your oral health just because you are afraid of the dentist. Visit the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot and ask about oral sedation. We will be happy to answer all of your questions. We serve residents throughout the state, including Little Rock, AR. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!