Are you afraid of the dentist? You’re not alone. Many people are afraid that going to the dentist will be painful, or they harbor phobias from their childhood about the dentist. The unfortunate thing is that the longer you wait, the worse a dental problem can become. Dr. Bozir is an Escondido sedation dentist and wants you to know that sedation dentistry is an option that makes your dental procedures relaxed and pain-free.
What is sedation dentistry? Also sometimes called “sleep dentistry”, sedation dentistry involves using either nitrous oxide (an anesthetic gas) or oral conscious sedation medications that put you into a deep state of relaxation. You feel no pain or anxiety during the dental procedure.
What kind of medication is used for sedation dentistry? It depends on the level of sedation, and on any sensitivity you have to the classes of drugs that are used. Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) may be used in combination with an oral mediation.
Is sedation dentistry safe? Yes, sedation dentistry is safe, but some health conditions may prevent you from using it. Dr. Bozir will examine your medical history with you before deciding if sedation dentistry is right for you.
Will I be totally asleep? No, sedation dentistry makes you feel very sleepy but you remain awake, breathing on your own, and able to answer questions.
Should I try sedation dentistry? If you are afraid of going to the dentist, have a low threshold for pain, sensitive teeth, or a strong gag reflex, sedation dentistry is a good option for you. It also makes sense if you are expecting to have a large amount of work done, since the sedation affects your sense of time, making you feel as if the work only lasted a few minutes when in fact it may have lasted several hours.
If you are one of those people who are afraid to come see the dentist, please give us a call to talk. We want you to have the care you need, and help you overcome what is stopping you from getting it. Dr. Bozir, California Smiles Family Dental: (760) 738-9595.
March 18, 2014