Nervous about visiting the dentist? Has dental anxiety always prevented you from seeking regular preventive care? If so, your smile could be suffering. 90 percent of adults will experience dental cavities, which left untreated can lead to painful infections or even the need for an extraction. Gingivitis is also incredibly common, and when it is allowed to progress it can lead to gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the country. The best way to prevent these and other dental issues is to attend regular preventive checkups and cleanings. If anxiety is getting in the way of that, it’s time to talk to a dentist about the potential benefits of sedation dentistry.
Do You Need Help Getting Dental Care?
Sedation has long been used for extensive dental procedures, such as root canal treatment or complicated oral surgery. But it can also be a safe and effective way to help patients overcome moderate to severe dental anxiety, so that they can receive the preventive and general dental care that is needed to maintain a healthy smile.
- If you have always been nervous about visiting the dentist, you should talk to your dentist about the possibility of using sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable before and during a dental visit. In some cases, an oral sedative may be recommended. Other times nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, may be used.
- For some patients, including those with physical issues that make sitting still difficult or impossible, or those with severe dental anxiety, IV sedation may be required. This is administered by an anesthesiologist and supervised by medical professionals, to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the procedure.
ABOUT YOUR KATY, TX, SEDATION DENTIST:
Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our sedation dentistry office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.