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Dental anxiety is estimated to affect more than 30 percent of the United States population, with another 12 percent suffering from extreme fear of the dentist. Dental anxiety can mean serious oral health problems.
Have you put off seeing the dentist for a checkup or dental care because you have anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist? Anxiety and fear are the most common reasons people put off getting the dental care they need, but putting off regular checkups or dental treatment can be detrimental to your oral and overall health.
We understand dental and anxiety and offer patients in the Miami and Coral Gables area sedation dentistry — including conscious sedation — to help you relax during your visits! Sedation dentistry can also help if you have a strong gag reflex, are resistant to numbing or want to have multiple procedures performed at once.
Dental phobia is a common occurrence, unfortunately, is probably one of the top five fears.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
Many people can benefit from the relaxing effects of our different sedation types, but some patients have a greater need for sedation than others. Sedation dentistry can make dental care possible for those who might otherwise avoid it due to:
- Fear, panic or anxiety about dental procedures
- Anxiety or agitation caused by the sounds and smells associated with visiting a dental office
- Strong gag reflex during dental treatment
- Difficulty swallowing
- Neck or back pain
- Need for extensive procedures or multiple procedures in one sitting (sedation dentistry is excellent for individuals undergoing numerous procedures, including cosmetic procedure associated with a smile makeover)
- Traumatic experience with dental care
- Resistant to numbing
- Very sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain or TMJD
- Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease or other neuromuscular treatment that makes it difficult to control movement
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I didn’t realize that my body was kind of slanting towards one side. I had a lot of headaches, I was grinding my teeth and they were symptoms that I kind of learn to live with. Dr. Garcia tied them all together.
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Oral Sedation Options
Have you been skipping regular dental checkups because you’re nervous about going to the dentist? Skipping dental visits can mean serious side effects to your oral health, including an increased risk of cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. To get you back on track and back to good dental health, we offer patients several sedation options, including:
Nitrous oxide is a common form of sedation used in dentistry. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation we offer. Nitrous oxide is fast-acting, effective and, in some cases, eliminates the need for local anesthetic. It also wears off quickly, which means you will be able to drive yourself home with no problem after your office visit.
Conscious Oral Sedation
During conscious oral sedation, you will be aware, responsive and breathing on your own, but you may be relaxed enough to fall asleep. Our Miami sedation dentists have extensive conscious sedation training and will tailor it to your specific needs. You will take a sedative, in pill form, about 30 minutes to an hour before your procedure. You may also be given a pill to take the night before so you won’t be up all night worrying about your procedure.
Some patients take a sleeping pill, such as Halcyon, to put them in a very relaxed state, while others benefit more from anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax. Depending on the type of sedative used, you may need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
NuCalm is a natural, non-drug, clinical system designed to help your mind and body relax during dental procedures within just minutes. NuCalm works by using your body’s chemistry, physics and neurophysiology to relax brain and body functions without side effects, recovery time or supervision. With NuCalm, there’s no need for a ride home after dental care.
Alprazolam, commonly knows as Xanax, is a medication used to treat generalized anxiety or specific anxiety disorders. It is also useful for individuals living with dental phobia or dental anxiety. When used for individuals living with dental fear, Xanax is administered in limited doses to help patients relax.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
There are multiple benefits of sedation dentistry for individuals with dental fear or dental anxiety. The most significant advantage is that it allows you to get the dental care you need while feeling safe and comfortable. Also, the sedation we offer will enable you to:
- Feel relaxed and confident when receiving dental services
- Protect your oral health
- Avoid costly and/or invasive dental procedures due to lack of dental care
- Allow you to stay on top of your preventative care without worry, stress or anxiety
Have you put off dental treatment because you suffer from dental fear or dental anxiety? If so, you may be a good candidate for conscious oral sedation. Contact us today to learn about how dental sedation works, how it can benefit you and the different types of sedation we offer.