Patients with dental phobia often avoid necessary treatments, choosing to struggle with discomfort and other issues rather than visit the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows you to feel relaxed and comfortable while in the dentist’s chair. At Ridgewood Dental Associates, we offer nitrous oxide and work with a dental anesthesiologist who can provide intravenous (IV) sedation for patients in the Ridgewood, NJ, area.
The Downsides of Avoiding the Dentist
Dental anxiety, or dental phobia, is a common condition, which causes an estimated 15 percent of adults to skip their dentist visits. Unfortunately, avoiding dental checkups can eventually lead to serious oral health concerns.
Skipping your biannual professional cleanings and exams increases your risk of developing infections and decay. When left untreated, these conditions can cause teeth to loosen or fall out entirely. As a result, bite patterns can change, which can lead to other concerns such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). In addition, discomfort from extensive decay and a misaligned bite can be considerable.
Visiting the dentist regularly can save considerable money and time in the long run.
Eventually, patients will need treatment to relieve pain and restore basic oral function. Rehabilitation treatments for such conditions are relatively expensive, costing much more than regular preventive procedures.
Fortunately, patients with dental phobia can rely on sedation to receive the checkups and treatments they need. Visiting the dentist regularly can save considerable money and time in the long run.
Can Sedation Help Me?
Sedation dentistry refers to the administration of anesthesia, allowing patients to feel at ease and, in some cases, forget their dental visit. Virtually any patient who is apprehensive about going to the dentist can benefit from dental sedation. This approach to dentistry may be suitable for your needs if:
- You have moderate to severe dental anxiety
- You are scared of needles, dental drills, and other instruments
- You have very sensitive gums or teeth
- You do not respond well to local anesthesia
- You have avoided the dentist for years due to dental phobia
- You are undergoing an extensive procedure, such as dental implants
What Are My Options?
The team at Ridgewood Dental Associates is dedicated to delivering outstanding patient experiences, ensuring that you feel at ease throughout treatment. We offer two types of sedation at our practice.
Nitrous oxide: This breathable sedation is sometimes known as laughing gas. It is administered through a mask that you wear over your nose and provides continuous medication throughout treatment. Patients can still speak, answer questions, and follow instructions while under the effects of nitrous oxide. Additionally, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off relatively quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after treatment.
IV Sedation: This type of sedation is administered intravenously and delivers patients into a deep state of relaxation within mere minutes. While under IV sedation, patients will be able respond to questions from doctor, although you will have little to no memory of your dental visit. This type of sedation takes longer to wear off, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment.
Calm, Comfortable Care
If you suffer with dental anxiety or are concerned about a particular procedure, you may benefit from dental sedation. Our team is dedicated to providing a calmer, more comfortable experience for all our patients. Call us today at (201) 652-2474, or message us to learn more.