Sedation Dentistry: Making Dental Care Comfortable and Relaxing
If you get anxious at the thought of visiting the dentist, you are not alone; millions of Americans avoid dental visits because of nerves.
However, putting off dental care can put both your smile and your overall health at risk.
At Iroquois Dentistry in Nashville, TN, we use sedation dentistry to help patients feel more comfortable during dental appointments.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Who Can Sedation Dentistry Help?
Extreme Tooth SensitivityNo one wants to experience discomfort at the dentist, which is why patients with tooth sensitivity tend to avoid dental visits.
Dental AnxietySedation can be particularly helpful if your anxiety has physical symptoms, including sweating, panic attacks, a racing heartbeat, or tears.
Skipped Dental AppointmentsSedation dentistry is often recommended for patients whose fear of the dentist may interfere with their routine oral healthcare.
Complex Dental IssuesWe may recommend sedation to patients undergoing more complex treatment plans at our Nashville practice.
Difficulty Controlling MovementsSedation can relax movements for patients with certain medical conditions or disabilities, allowing our dentists to proceed with treatment.
A History of Bad Dental ExperiencesSedation can calm individuals with a history of traumatic dental experiences, preventing the anxiety that the sounds and smells of the office may cause.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is one of the fastest-acting and most cost-effective forms of dental sedation. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless chemical compound. Administered as a gas, it is usually inhaled through the nose and has a calming effect.
Some patients have described the effects as “feeling heavy,” as though they are sinking into their chair, while others may notice slight tingling sensations in the extremities. Under its effects, individuals are still aware of their surroundings but are much more relaxed. We are happy to provide this option to patients that want to avoid IV sedation or sedatives.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
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