Are you one of the many people with a dental phobia, or feel anxiety when it is time to go to the dentist? Do not let those feelings inhibit you from visiting the dentist for a cleaning and checkup – or worse, from taking care of an oral problem that will likely become much more severe.
At Mint Dental, we offer sedation dentistry so fearful patients can relax during dental cleanings and procedures. You do not have to be nervous about making that crucial appointment and you can avoid compromising your oral health! Sedation dentistry makes a dental session painless and carefree, allowing the most uncomfortable patients to overcome their phobia and keep their mouths as healthy as possible.
Can Anyone Have Sedation?
Anyone at any age can benefit from sedation dentistry. Even children can have sedation if they are terrified and uncooperative during the appointment.
While adults have the option of both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation (a pill such as Halcion or Valium), children are usually given nitrous oxide because it is safer. However, if necessary, oral sedation can be administered safely under the correct dose for the child’s weight and age.
Oral sedation is stronger. You need someone to drive you home after your visit. Whether you choose oral sedation over nitrous oxide depends on your current anxiety level and what procedure you will undergo.
Who Cannot Receive Sedation?
Very few people cannot receive sedation. However, your current medical condition, medication list, supplements you may be taking or personal health history may preclude specific sedation methods. Dr. Antoinette Liles will thoroughly review your file before administering sedation and help you make the best choice for your situation.
Who Benefits Most from Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is appropriate and recommended for people with extreme anxiety or a substantial fear that prevents them from visiting the dentist. It also benefits those who:
- Feel claustrophobic or cannot sit still in the dentist’s chair
- Have difficulty controlling movements
- Have special needs (including cognitive, physical or behavioral)
- Have a fear of needles (aichmophobia)
- Have a low pain threshold
- Have a decreased sensitivity to local anesthesia
- Have ultra-sensitive teeth
- Have an overly sensitive gag reflex
- Need to have a substantial amount of dental work completed
When you contact Mint Dental to schedule your appointment, let us know that you are interested in sedation dentistry. We look forward to making you or your loved ones comfortable and relaxed so you can keep your mouth at its best!
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190 Riverwind E. Drive, Suite 201
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 882-5600