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Germantown, WI 53022
Do you get anxious before a dental treatment? Perhaps you have always had a fear of visiting the dentist office. Fortunately, our dentist offers a solution for those with dental fears and anxieties. With sedation dentistry, patients can enjoy a worry-free, relaxing experience during treatments and procedures. There are different types of sedation dentistry to accommodate the varying needs of people in our area.
There are two major types of sedation for routine oral health procedures: nitrous oxide and orally administered prescription medications. Both of these methods produce a calm demeanor and slight feelings of euphoria. Both nitrous oxide gas and prescription medication help patients overcome feelings of worry and panic. However, the major difference between these two sedation options is the fact that nitrous oxide wears off quickly whereas sedative prescriptions impair motor and cognitive function because they have a longer effect.
Also referred to as“laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a safe alternative to longer lasting medication. Nitrous oxide is commonly called “laughing gas” because it tends to cause a euphoric effect and its relaxing properties make many people feel happy and therefore, quick to laugh or giggle. This gas has been used in dentistry for over 100 years as a mild analgesic and sedative. The level of nitrous oxide can be altered for each person’s needs and its effects wear off quickly so that patients are able to drive after their procedures.
If you have more severe phobias, anxiety or if you require lengthy treatment, a prescription anti-anxiety medication may be prescribed to you. These medications normally belong to the benzodiazepine family of drugs. Benzodiazepines work with neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for releasing chemicals that cause anxiety and fear. By blocking these chemicals, even those with moderate to severe anxiety will feel calm relief. Since these medications have longer effects, patients should arrange for transportation to and from their appointments.
If dental phobias and fears are preventing you from receiving the oral care you deserve, we encourage you to discuss sedation methods with our team. Contact Stoeckl Family Dentistry at 262-532-0022 to schedule your visit.