January 28, 2016
You probably know the feeling — it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the dentist, but you just can’t seem to bring yourself to schedule an appointment. Nerves, dread or outright fear prevent too many adults from seeking the dental care they need. Because this anxiety is a huge barrier to preventive care, people sink into the harmful cycle of only visiting the dentist when they’re already experiencing pain. But by then, the problem is often difficult to fix with conservative treatment — and more drastic measures must be taken.
If dental anxiety is affecting your oral health, it’s time to learn how you can overcome your fears with sedation dentistry in Bedford. Dr. Elam and our team are highly trained in providing oral conscious sedation, a safe, effective way to relax your way to healthier teeth. Keep reading to find out how you can benefit from comfortable dental care in 2016!
Sedation dentistry offers relaxing care
We know that good dentistry doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or anything to dread — and we’ve got sedation dentistry to make sure it’s not. We can use oral conscious sedation to help you feel completely at-ease during your next appointment, increasing the chances that you’ll enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Oral conscious sedation makes your dreams come true
We’ve had patients tell us that they’ve always wondered what it would be like to visit the dentist without any anxiety — and that oral conscious sedation finally makes it possible. It’s a simple method that involves taking a pill about an hour before your procedure, so by the time you’re settling into the dental chair you’re already completely relaxed. Then, we’ll combine the medicine with a local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel anything at the treatment site. You’re still technically awake while under this type of sedation, but you’re totally relaxed and removed from the sights and sounds of what’s going on around you — we promise.
Some things to keep in mind regarding oral conscious sedation:
- Because the sedation medicine induces drowsiness, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office, and to monitor you for a few hours following your procedure.
- Plan to take it easy after your procedure, as you’ll need some time for the sedative effects to completely wear off.
- Most patients have no memory of what occurred while they were in the dental chair, which many think of as an advantage.
Avoiding the dentist due to fear? Break the cycle today!
If you know you’re not receiving good dental care due to your anxiety or fear, please break the cycle today — for the benefit of your oral and overall health. We can help you overcome your worries and enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth with sedation dentistry in Bedford.
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