I am really nervous about dental work. Can you help me?
Anxiety about the dentist is a very normal fear, and some people allow this to prevent them from visiting the dentist at all. Unfortunately this compounds the problem as most treatments are better when taken care of in early stages.
Fortunately, the dentist wants to make your visit as stress-free as possible. In addition to finding a peaceful atmosphere full of supportive staff, you can request sedation or relaxation help.
Sedation? Tell me more.
The dentist or the anaesthetist may offer sedation through intravenous ( IV sedation). This can be given in the arm or on your hand. Dosage varies with the intensity of your treatment and the estimated length of the procedure.
What happens when I am sedated?
Under sedation, you will feel relaxed and distracted from the treatment while still remaining able to follow instructions from the dentist. Afterward you will need time while you recover from the sedation effect, so don’t plan to drive home, operate machinery or drink alcohol for the length of time specified by your dentist.
What else can I do to relax for my dentist visit?
Some people have anxiety to the point they need help even for a regular visit. If this describes you, talk to your dentist about your fears before the visit. You may be able to receive a prescription for a lighter sedative to take before coming to the dentist.
Above all, remember the dentist understands your fears as well as the benefits of oral health, and wants to help you get the best care possible.