Learn more about sedation dentistry from your Herrin dentist.
Have you been considering sedation for your next dental appointment but aren't sure if it's the right option for you? Dr. Christopher Hughes, your Herrin, IL cosmetic dentist, shares some information that will help you decide.
No more cancelled appointments
It's hard to keep dental appointments if you're fearful about the experience. Unfortunately, the longer you delay the appointment, the worse decay and other problems can become. Sedation helps you remain calm during your appointment. Taking an oral sedative before your appointment will help you ensure that you're relaxed the moment you arrive at your appointment. If you choose oral sedation, you will need to ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
A less stressful experience
When you're feeling stressed, dental visits are anything but pleasant. Unfortunately, stress can also heighten your sensitivity to pain, making your visit even more difficult. Sedatives reduce anxiety and help you feel calm and in control. Inhaled conscious sedation, also called laughing gas, is a good choice if you're a little nervous about a procedure or just need a little help during a dental exam. Since laughing gas wears off almost immediately, you can drive home after your visit.
An end to bad memories
In some cases, people develop dental fears and phobias due to bad experiences at the dentist. We understand your concerns and are committed to providing a comfortable, pain-free visit. Sedation offers the perfect way to make your next visit, and every visit in the future, more pleasant. Every good dental experience will help you create positive memories that will hopefully help you feel less fearful.
If you have a dental phobia, long visits may be so overwhelming that you must break dental procedures into several short appointments instead. Longer appointments will no longer be a problem if you choose a sedation option, such as intravenous conscious sedation. Before your treatment or exam begins, you'll receive medication through an intravenous (IV) line placed in your arm. Since the effects of the sedative can linger, someone must drive you home if you choose the IV option.
Sedation dentistry can take the fear out of dental visits. Call Dr. Hughes, your Herrin, IL cosmetic dentist, at (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment.